Pasadena: Esther McCoy: Piecing Together LA - April 29, 2014

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Pasadena: Esther McCoy: Piecing Together LA - April 29, 2014

Postby BLRees » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:42 pm

In the 1950s, no one was writing about California (much less Los Angeles) architecture. Critics didn’t take California architecture seriously and thought nothing of value would come from the Golden State.

But then Esther McCoy proved them all wrong.

For “Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.” on April 29, 2014, writer Susan Morgan presents a discussion on the life, times and work of McCoy and her groundbreaking (and now classic book) Five California Architects which changed the world’s impression of the West Coast.

“McCoy’s book and her writings made everyone sit up and take notice of what was happening in California and Los Angeles,” says Morgan “She put West Coast Modern architecture on the map.”

Through her 60-year career, McCoy wore many hats: she was author, lecturer, screenwriter, architectural preservationist and exhibition curator.

A companion tour of the Ester McCoy Collection at the Greene and Greene Archives is slated for May 3, 2014. Visitors will be able to view McCoy’s library that includes more than 500 books, periodicals and rare and unusual examples of architectural publications of the times. Highlights of this collection are the many personal autographs and author dedications to McCoy which illustrates her numerous friendships and influence in the architectural world.

“Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.” takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103. Lecture tickets are $30 per person, $25 for FOGH members. Because of the limited seating, reservations are recommended.
“The Esther McCoy Collection” is on May 3, 2014 with tour times at 10 and 11:30 am. Tour details will be announced to ticketholders only. $25, $20 for FOGH members. To purchase tickets for lecture and/or tour, visit

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