Laguna Friends of Architecture presents Author Alan Hess with his latest book at LCAD on April 12

Alan Hess, architect, author, lecturer, critic, and advocate for 20th century architectural preservation, will be appearing at Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) on Friday, April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss his new book, Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars. Hosted by Laguna Friends of Architecture, there will be a talk, slideshow, and book signing. The public is invited to get a peek inside homes of Hollywood celebrities.

See the homes of the discerning Hollywood stars, from Groucho Marx to Leonardo DiCaprio. Hess’ talk looks at the intersection of celebrity and design, through the case of twenty-five houses designed by great architects for their informed, trend-setting, and extremely famous clients in Southern California.

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Alan Hess talks about his new book at LCAD on Friday, April 12

Participants will see gorgeous photos of the houses as well as little seen informal portraits of the stars and hear stories of these members of the glitterati, touching on film, fashion, architecture, and the everyday lives of legends. Hollywood Modern spans the modern era, from modern homes of the 1930s, through mid-century modern designs, to the present day.

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Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars

Hollywood Modern touches on the many moods of modernism. From Ed Niles’ “Johnny Carson House” in Malibu, which creates a ficus tree forest that extends from the garden directly into the house, to the machine-age austerity of Richard Neutra’s “Von Sternberg House,” (later owned by The Fountainhead author Ayn Rand), to A. Quincy Jones’ crisply, elegantly ultramodern Gary Cooper House in Holmby Hills, these houses edit, rearrange, and direct our point of view much like the carefully composed version of reality we see in motion pictures. 

 These different styles coexist as modernism and stand in distinct contrast to the Mediterranean villas and Spanish Colonial manses of early Hollywood.

LCAD Studio 1 (Laguna College of Art + Design) is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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