Tarzana, 2002. Photo by Gary Leonard, from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

Preserving Sprawl: The Suburbs Become Historic

Preserving Sprawl: The Suburbs Become Historic

E.g., 2014-04-21
E.g., 2014-04-21

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This panel discussion will re-examine suburbanization and sprawl as a key chapter in the story of post-World War II Los Angeles. We are thrilled to hold this special event at a little-known John Lautner gem in Woodland Hills -- AbilityFirst's Paul Weston Work Center, built in 1979 as the Crippled Children's Society of Southern California.

Looking at two centers of suburbanization, the San Fernando Valley and Lakewood, will offer insight into the history of their development and what they mean to the people who live there. Today, many of the neighborhoods and communities that once defined the new growth of L.A. are threatened with redevelopment, renovation, and sometimes complete demolition.

Panelists include Robert Bruegmann, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Sprawl: A Compact History; Kevin Roderick, author of The San Fernando Valley: America’s Suburb; and D. J. Waldie, author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir about the development of Lakewood.

The panel will be moderated by author and architecture critic Alan Hess, who contributed the wonderful essay about Modernism in L.A. for this website.

The event includes a breakfast reception before the program and booksigning with the panelists afterward.

Space is limited, and reservations are required. All sales are final; we cannot provide refunds.

Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A. is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Major support for the panel presentation has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

Following the panel we will offer a workshop called Landmark THIS! on how to help protect modern and culturally significant resources through landmark designation. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. at the former Canoga Park Library, located about 2.5 miles away. If you would like to register to attend the workhop, click here. Please note that space is very limited.

Westridge Park Ranch Houses
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Westridge Park Ranch Houses

Boasting quarter-acre lots with houses set far enough back from the street to allow small lawns, flowerbeds, shrubs, and trees, a 1960 advertisement for Westridge Park presented styles such as "The Hawaiian," "The Queen," and "The Baronet."