Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Amazing Neutras in Orange County

Architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970) is among the best known and most influential American architects of the mid-twentieth century. The Orange County Historical Society will gather this Saturday, 2pm-4pm, at the Old Orange County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, to hear a panel discussion about Neutra and 20 of his architectural works throughout Orange County.
Panelists include Neutra’s son, Dion Neutra, (an important architect in his own right), noted architectural historian and author Alan Hess, art and architectural historian Daniel Paul of the L.A. Conservancy's Modern Committee, architect and preservationist John Linnert, and designer/artist Craig Sibley.
The meeting will be held in conjunction with the opening of the “Amazing Neutras in Orange County” exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum. Many of these images and artifacts were displayed earlier, at the Objct Gallery, in Claremont – But you’ll find at least a few cool new things to see (collected by the Orange County Archives) here at the exhibit in Santa Ana.
The parking lot directly behind the Courthouse (off Civic Center Dr.) will be free that day, as will the County Lot at Ross St. and Sycamore, behind the County Hall of Administration. There are also a number of downtown pay lots within easy walking distance.
The architecture of Richard Neutra reflects the prosperity and optimism of postwar Southern California. As evidenced by his designs for private residences, churches and governmental buildings, Neutra’s buildings are characterized by geometric precision, airiness, and simple dignity. Though many of these buildings have been recognized for their historic and design significance, some of Neutra’s masterpieces in Orange County face uncertain futures. This program and exhibit will examine some of Neutra’s best work and will hopefully bring attention to their preservation status.
Examples of Richard Neutra’s buildings in Orange County include the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, (shown immediately above), the Garden Grove Community Church (a.k.a. Robert Schuller’s “Drive-In Church”), the Mariner’s Medical Arts Building in Newport Beach, and portions of Orange Coast College. Dion Neutra’s Orange County projects include the Huntington Beach Central Library (model and blueprint shown at the top of today’s post), and the Prayer Tower at the Garden Grove Community Church.
Hope to see you Saturday!
(P.S. -- Neutra's Central Justice Center is within easy walking distance of Saturday's program.)


Anonymous said...


How do I attend to the even?
Is there any fee?

Many Thanks,

David Wang

Chris Jepsen said...

The event is free. Just show up at the Old Courthouse at 2pm. See you tomorrow!