Timken Museum of Art Heads to Los Angeles for “Modernist: Architecture + Design Program” with Local Gensler Architect

Public is invited to experience the Schindler House and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on a fascinating day trip April 26

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Laurie Hawkins | Schindler-House2As history would have it, the mid-­‐century, modern Timken Museum of Art stands on a prime location in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama, the site of an important but temporary edifice built for the 1915 Panama-­‐California Exposition.  In its place today is the Timken Museum of Art, arguably the second most prominent mid-­‐century building in San Diego after Louis Kahn’s iconic Salk Institute.  The Timken’s notable architecture stature in the community has paved the way for the Museum’s current “The Modernist: Architecture + Design Program” focus is to explore other celebrated examples of modern architecture. On Wednesday, April 26, representatives of the Timken along with San Diego’s Gensler architect and cultural expert, Steve Hoard, will travel to Los Angeles for a modern design and architecture adventure.

The tour departs San Diego with its first destination being the 1922 Schindler House, the birthplace of Southern California modernism showing a radical integration of interior and exterior spaces. The Schindler House was such a departure from the existing residential architecture because of what it did not have. There is no conventional living room, dining room or bedrooms in the house. The residence was meant to be a cooperative live/work space for two young families. The concrete walls and sliding glass panels made novel use of industrial materials, while the open floor plan integrated the external environment into the residence setting a precedent for California.

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Laurie Hawkins | Inside-Cathedral-of-our-Lady-of-the-Angels-church-los-angeles-ca-david-zanzingerNext, the tour visits the dynamic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Using elements of postmodern architecture, the church and the Cathedral Center feature a series of acute and obtuse angles while avoiding right angles. The structure replaced the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The cathedral formally opened in 2002 amidst considerable controversy over its deconstructivist and modernist design as well as the high costs to complete the building.

This unique day of travel and exploration also includes a hosted lunch at Manuela, the Arts District destination for southern style cuisine made with local ingredients.

Join the Timken Museum of Art and Gensler for “The Modernist: Architecture + Design” on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The trip includes luxury transportation, two private tours, full breakfast, coffee stop, lunch and dinner with wine.  The itinerary includes:

  • 7:30am: Depart Lomas Santa Fe Plaza. Breakfast from Einstein Bagels and a coffee stop at Starbucks.
  • 11:00am: Private tour of the Schindler House in West Hollywood.
  • 12:30pm: Hosted lunch at Manuela.
  • 2:00pm:  Private tour of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
  • 3:45pm: Depart for San Diego and return at 7:00pm. Dinner from Galero Grill and wine on the ride home.

Tickets prices are as follows: $230 person, early bird by March 31. $240 for Timken members and $250 for nonmembers after March 31. For questions or to make reservations, call 619.239.5548; email: rsvp@timkenmuseum.org; mail: Timken Museum of Art, 2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, San Diego, CA 92103.


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