TOUR DAY 2011: California Tours


Tour Foothill College Architecture Tour


Los Alto, CA

  Docomomo US/NoCa
  The Northern California Chapter of the Society for Architectural Historians
Date/Time Saturday October 8, 2011

Designed in 1958 by San Francisco Architect Ernest Kump, working with Marsten and Hurd, Foothill College is an architectural landmark for its buildings, its landscape, and its innovative approach to campus design. Lauded by San Francisco Chronicle architectural critic Allan Temko as the “acropolis of the west” when it first opened, its design influenced the community college movement across the country. Kump was well known for bringing Modernist design principles to educational facilities, but the design of the Foothill college buildings was a departure even for him. The buildings combine a Second Bay region sensibility with a slightly Japanese styling. The beautiful landscape design by Sasaki Walker unifies the campus and applies the California concept of indoor/outdoor living to a college setting. Undulating landforms, curving paths, informal planting arrangements, and the integration of sculpture--all hallmarks of Northern California’s best modern landscape design--are in play at Foothill College.

  Fee TBD
  To reserve please contact

Palm Springs 

Tour Double Decker Bus Architecture Tour
  Palm Springs, CA
  Palm Springs Modernism Week

Saturday October 8, 2011 at 9am

  Sunday October 9, 2011 at 9am and 2pm
Palm Springs Modernism Week is pleased to offer its most popular event on behalf of Docomomo US National Tour Day. The Modernism Double Decker Bus Architecture Tour is a fun open-air tour of Palm Springs' notable midcentury modern architecture. The tour is conducted by a guide who is knowledgeable about the local renowned modernist architects and their striking architecture, as well as Palm Springs' fascinating 90-year history as a glamorous destination and celebrity outpost. The three hour tour focuses on the exteriors of dozens of residential homes and commercial midcentury modern buildings. As a value added component, participants will experience a free visit to the architecturally significant Palm Springs Art Museum, designed by E. Stewart Williams and receive a 10% discount at the gift shop. Additionally all participants will be given a complimentary booklet on Class 1 Historic Sites of Palm Springs produced by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. 
  Tickets $75
  Available beginning Sept. 5, 2011 at


Los Angeles Conservancy 

Tour Modern Skyline
  Central Business District- Los Angeles, CA
  L.A. Conservancy
Date/Time Saturday October 8, 2011 at 2pm
Experience the skyscrapers, plazas, and public art that define L.A.'s bustling Central Business District, and discover how they relate to both the past and the future of the city. Meet at Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-grove of orange trees.
  Non-Members $10, Members, Children 12+under $5
  Click here to reserve a ticket or email



Tour Neutra VDL Studio & Residences
  Silverlake- Los Angeles, CA
  Neutra VDL- Poly Pomona Foundation
Date/Time Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 11am- 3pm
Built in three stages between 1932 and 1966, Richard Neutra's personal live-work complex is a great example of the architect's early, mid, and late work. Property located at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
  $10 per person on site


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