Irving J. Gill: New Architecture For a Great Country

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Irving J. Gill: New Architecture For a Great Country

September 23, 2016 - March 31, 2017


The San Diego History Center and its’ collaborators are honored to premiere Irving J. Gill: New Architecture For a Great Country. This extraordinary new exhibition will serve to raise the bar for the legacy of Irving J. Gill by celebrating his life, his work, and his architectural influence.

Architect Irving J. Gill was a San Diego architect, by way of Chicago, who relished the opportunity to work in this city during the end of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  He saw San Diego as a blank slate with great potential. Inspired by the coast and canyons, sunlight and shadows, Gill created a new design language, what we now call modern architecture. His simple, block-like designs offered simplicity, clean lines, and efficiency at a time when faux-Victorian and Spanish Colonial architecture were mainstream. Once sought after by many of San Diego elites like, Ellen Browning Scripps and Melville Klauber, his legacy was largely overlooked after his death.

The exhibitions open Friday September 23rd, 2016 with a private Kick-off event (main opening event for SDHC & All Collaborative locations) (credentialed media welcome) and opens to the public on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Interviews are available with James B. Guthrie via Phone/ Skype prior to the exhibition, and on-site as well 2 weeks prior to the public opening.


September 23, 2016
March 31, 2017
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The San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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