Friday, September 2, 2011

September 29 > Neutra VDL Studio and Residences Lecture and Reception

Join de LaB on September 29th for a special tour of the Richard Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silver Lake. The evening will include a brief lecture by Leo Marmol, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner on the current restoration process, followed by a reception on the grounds. Join us for the whole evening, or just the reception!

A Little Bit of History...
The VDL Studio and Residences were designed by Richard and Dione Neutra for a 4,200 sq. ft. lot, overlooking the Central City Reservoir of Silver Lake. Built in three waves between 1932 and 1966, the compound remains a seminal example of modern urban design, featuring new building materials, specially-designed built-in furniture, and innovative climate-sensitive elements, including cooling rooftop reflection pools and automated sun louvers.

In 1990, Dione Neutra bequeathed the compound to the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design, whose faculty and students preserve and maintain the property, using it as an educational and community resource. In fact, the VDL compound is the only Neutra residence accessible to the community at large.

Recently, the CED launched a $1 million fundraising campaign for repairs and on-going maintenance to the house. Marmol Radziner, known for its meticulous restoration of the Neutra-designed Kaufman House in Palm Springs, was selected to oversee the compound's repair and restoration. Leo Marmol will share his insights on the restoration of the historic site and will give an overview of the work that is currently under way. Since de LaB helped finance the renovation with a fundraiser in 2008, raising $3000 in a single evening, we're thrilled to head back and check in on the progress.

Neutra VDL Studio and Residences Lecture and Reception
Thursday, September 29
7:00 pm, Lecture and Tour ($20) | 8:00 pm, Reception ($10)

2300 Silverlake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Note that space is limited for the lecture and tour portion of the evening, so we recommend that you purchase your tickets early. All proceeds go to the VDL Fund for Preservation, Maintenance and Stewardship.

{Photo: David Hartwell.}

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