Authors discuss and sign Gordon B. Kaufmann at Arcana Books in Culver City

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Authors discuss and sign Gordon B. Kaufmann at Arcana Books in Culver City

March 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST


Bret Parsons, Marc Appleton, Steve Vaught discuss and sign Master Architects of Southern California, 1920-1940: Gordon B. Kaufmann, 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 11 at Arcana Books on the Arts, 8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232

Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940, a new 12-volume series by Marc Appleton, Bret Parsons, and Steve Vaught, showcases the work of the Golden Era’s most important residential architects, featuring some of the earliest known photographs of the work of legendary names in architecture. The series is devoted to the era when oil titans, film industry moguls, bankers, and successful entrepreneurs who were new to the region sought to hire the most accomplished and talented architects they could find.

Although his name has been lost to history except in the circles of architectural historians, Kaufmann’s stamp is all over Southern California. Greystone is far from his crowning achievement. Gordon B. Kaufmann includes a detailed career biography that chronicles numerous residential projects Kaufmann designed, including homes for many legendary L.A.-centric families, with names like Chandler, Adamson, Getz, Hampshur-Jones, and Janss, to name a few. In addition, Kaufmann designed Hoover Dam, the Los Angeles Times Building, Caltech’s Atheneum, Santa Anita Park, and other important Southern California landmarks.

The period from 1920 to 1940 was an era of incredible homes, homes that defined Los Angeles as a city whose architectural heritage was in the making. The very best building materials were available—none had yet been shipped away from the country to meet the needs of the World War effort. “Artisans were still crafting the best details from those remarkable materials; redwood two-by-fours, still measured two-inches by four-inches,” notes co-author/historian/realtor Bret Parsons. “These were the homes that made architectural history, yet few were properly documented.”

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March 11, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST
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Arcana Books on the Arts
8675 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232 United States
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