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Millard Sheets Scholar Visits Glendale

Post Date:02/15/2018

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Chuck Wike, Community Relations Manager


MILLARD SHEETS Scholar Visits Glendale

Glendale, CA - The Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department is pleased to feature a lecture with Adam Arenson, author of Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California (University of Texas Press, 2018), at the Downtown Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale 91205, at 2:00 pm, Sunday, February 25, 2018. The lecture is cosponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter. Visitors to the Central Library & Adult Recreation Center receive 3 hours FREE parking in the MarketPlace parking structure on Harvard Street with validation at the Central Library InfoSpace service desk.

For more than three decades, Sheets (1907-1989) and his studio of artists designed Home Savings and Loan branches throughout California, studding their iconic projects with mosaics, murals, stained glass, and sculptures that celebrated both family life and the history of the Golden State.

The collaboration between the Millard Sheets Studio and Howard Ahmanson (1906-1968), Home Savings’ executive, resulted in more than 40 branches designed and built between the completion of the first collaboration in 1955 and Ahmanson’s death. Combining private investment and public art, and championing historical themes in a period of dramatic cultural and political change, the Home Savings and Loan buildings are signature structures of mid-century modern architecture, and their story deserves to be known before it is too late to save these remarkable works.

Adam Arenson, Associate Professor of History and Director of Urban Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY, has created a richly illustrated book that is a landmark in business history and the distinctive style of architecture and art that graced 60 communities around Southern California. For more information, see the website here: . Social media users can follow the Library, Arts & Culture Department on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @myglendaleLAC.



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