Kick off the 2019 Series with a Venice Dinner Party catered by chef Matthew Kenney Venice’s Plant Food + Wine and an acoustic guitar set by Venice-based musician Tom Freund. The first party will be at the sustainably constructed home of Cicek & Paul Bricault, designed by architect Marc Bricault of Bricault Design and landscape design by Richard Grigsby.
Visit architecturally significant mid-century luxury homes in Beverly Hills located in the spectacular wooded hills above Sunset Boulevard, once part of the famous Doheny Ranch. The 429-acre tract of land emerged as one of the world’s foremost hubs of modernist architecture during the ’50s and ’60s.
Homes & Architects include the original Paul and Jean Trousdale residence; Elvis Presley’s former residence (architect, Rex Lotery, 1950; designer, Thomas Lane, 1964); a newly renovated 1950 bachelor’s pad (architect, Robert L. Earl, 1958; interior designer, Miles Redd). Enjoy lunch on the expansive lawn of the Decter/Simon residence, designed by Howard Frank (1959), featuring Trousdale’s only known natural spring.
Architect Gregory Ain designed 52 parcels of “Modernique” one-story, single-family homes in 1948 to promote home ownership and to accommodate the growing numbers of modest income families. Ain’s design of the Mar Vista tract achieved individuality through his ingenious placement of standard architectural elements, variations in setback and entrance location, as well as the imaginative integration of building and landscape design. In 2003, the Mar Vista Tract became the City’s first post-World War II HPOZ declared by the L.A. City Council.
Visit the two-square block area to see how Ain’s unique design elements have held up through the years and how current homeowners are actively working to return altered homes to their original appearance by preserving a truly vibrant and functional Mid-Century Modern neighborhood. Enjoy lunch at the newly-renovated home of Laura Donnelley catered by private chef Diego Bernal (renovation by architect Santiago Ortiz, Ortiz Mexia Projects.)
Don’t miss an intimate visit to LA artists in their Eastside studios led by Art Collector and Venice Design Series Co-Chair, Cecilia Dan. Join us in experiencing the works of established and emerging artists, such as David Wiseman, Cammi Staros, Roy Dowell and Theodora Allen. Lunch at Momed Atwater Village.
A selective sampling of Venice’s distinctive architecture, art and landscape design. The day’s journey begins with scones and homemade jam at the historic home of Helen Bartlett and Tony Bill. Savor a garden lunch in the newly built, art-filled retreat of landscape designer Stefan Hammerschmidt and entertainment executive Lawrence Szabo. Enjoy the work of: Marmol Radziner, Steven Ehrlich, Andy Moses, Ed Moses, Kelly Berg, Jay Griffith, Stefan Hammerschmidt and Adam Wheeler.
The Venice Design Series benefits Venice Community Housing, helping low-income people achieve economic and personal stability through non-profit affordable housing, education, and a comprehensive network of supportive services. As the need for low income housing grows ever more urgent, we challenge ourselves to maximize our fundraising efforts which means your participation is crucial.
Venice Community Housing is opening bridge housing for 20 transition-aged youth (18-25) in Mar Vista and West Los Angeles in February 2019. In January of this year, VCH gained City of Los Angeles approval to build 35 new supportive housing apartments in Venice for transition-aged youth and others who have experienced homelessness. A proposal to create 136 new units of supportive housing was submitted in Los Angeles in December, 2018. Your participation and contributions help VCH achieve its ambitious mission to successfully address the severe housing crisis.
*Transportation and lunch provided on select tours. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, please call Linda Lucks @ 310-526-3857 or email: Llucks@vchcorp.org