Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Expert-led Tour of Modern Masterpiece


Stuart Building with signature pierced concrete block screenwall and fountain moat
(photo by Benjamin Ariff, www.benjaminariff.com)
As part of The Cultural Landscape Foundation's program What’s Out There Weekend: Los Angeles (WOTW), Robert Chattel will lead a tour of the Stuart Building in Pasadena. Recognized as a masterful collaboration between two renowned designers, architect Edward Durell Stone and landscape architect Thomas Church, the Stuart Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an outstanding example of Modern architecture. The former pharmaceutical plant and office building opened in 1958 and incorporated amenities such as a swimming pool for use by employees and their families. Chattel, Inc. served as a consultant during the design and construction phases of an adaptive reuse project and the historic building is now home to Classical repertory theater, A Noise Withinand serves as clubhouse for a 188-unit apartment community.

Southern California has long been known for its distinctly Modern approach to landscape design, which connects indoors and outdoors in innovative ways. WOTW, scheduled for October 26 and 27, 2013, will explore designed landscapes with free, expert-led tours at more than two-dozen significant sites.  To learn more about the event or register for the tour led by Robert Chattel, click here.

Stuart Building with historic elliptical pool and fountain sprays (photo by Robert Chattel)

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