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Preserving the Modern House L.A.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
As part of the Getty’s PST: Modern Architecture L.A., a series of exhibitions
and public programs, Cal Poly Pomona and the Getty Conservation Institute is
offering a one-day technical workshop on “Preserving the Modern House.” This
program stems from the exhibition Technology and Environment: The Postwar
Southern California House being held at the Kellogg Gallery on the Cal Poly
Pomona campus from April 11-July 12, 2013.
The day-long workshop will focus on two icons of Los Angeles modernism:
Richard and Dion Neutra’s VDL Research House (1932-1966) and Ray Kappe’s
own residence (1967). The program will bring to light strategies for preserving
and maintaining these iconic works. Neutra’s VDL Research house was the
architect’s residence and studio for most of his illustrious career. The original
house dates to 1932, but after a devastating fire, the rebuilt house of 1966 was
designed with flat roofs that could also function as shallow pools. This design
innovation presented numerous conservation challenges, and their solution has
been an ongoing project.
The architecture of the Kappe house, completed in 1968 is based on a bridge-
like system of concrete towers spanned by beams of glued laminated lumber.
Time, and exceptional design have been kind to the Kappe residence, whose
innovative use of material and response to site and climate continue to make it
one of the most important 20th century American houses.
A series of lectures by experts in the area of architectural conservation will
be offered throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. These will be
followed by tours of the VDL House.
Following a box lunch (included in the price of the program), a coach will bring
participants to the Ray and Shelly Kappe residence where world-renown
architect, Ray Kappe, FAIA will answer questions about his residence. Tours of
the Kappe house will allow participants to get a closer look at this masterwork of