The Gamble House Conservancy in partnership with Fort: LA invites you to join them as they explore the Fort: LA Wallace Neff Trail with author, Jeffrey Head and discuss the path Neff’s career took from a regional to global architectural style and focus. This lecture event is titled "Wallace Neff: Elegance, Integrity and Bubbles" and the presentation by Jeffrey Head is offered on Saturday, February 27 from 11am-12pm via Zoom.
Architect Wallace Neff spent most of his career building a reputation as Southern California’s artful, exemplary regionalist, but by World War II he had other projects on his mind. Neff began to explore the possibilities of unconventional construction techniques, forms, and materials in his “Airform” (or “bubble”) houses, with implications for shelter far beyond Southern California, as Jeffrey Head, author of No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff will illuminate for us. Jeffrey Head has collaborated with Friends of Residential Treasures: LA (FORT: LA) to create one of their many “Trails,” which encourage the exploration of themes and places in the residential landscapes of Los Angeles County. FORT: LA founder Russell Brown will introduce the program, and architect Douglas Stanton will show us how he has brought Neff’s explorations in shelter and architecture forward in his own practice.
Tickets: $5 members | $10 non-members
Jeffrey Head is the author of Paul Evans: Designer & Sculptor and No Nails, No Lumber and was a contributing writer for Modern Americana, Hand in Hand: California Mid-century Designs of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, Lustron Stories, and Craig Ellwood: Self-Made Modern.
Friends Of Residential Treasures: LA (FORT: LA) seeks to promote stronger civic identity among and cohesion between the many urban villages that make up Los Angeles County by celebrating, studying, preserving, and increasing access to the historically and architecturally significant homes of Los Angeles. We’ve spent the past two years developing four interconnected programs in pursuit of our goals: An online mapping system for self-guided tours of the exteriors of these homes (FORT Trails), a deep-dive clearing house for learning (FORT Discovery Center), a fellowship to foster new knowledge and understanding (FORT Fellowship) and a series of short films and other content to help facilitate appreciation of the interiors of iconic structures (Open House).
FORT Trails is our flagship program which releases a themed trail route featuring the locations of architecturally significant residences every month. The program is available for free for public use on our website. Launched in June 2020, nine trails have been completed featuring contributions by world-renowned writers, journalists, architects, and scholars. A variety of overlaid routes and subject-specific categories (architect, style, period, multi-unit, etc.) allow users to learn and explore based on different areas of interest. In addition to our FORT Fellows, the Trails are developed by volunteer curators (known as “Trailblazers”) whose unique insights and perspectives are integral to the Trail design. Over a dozen additional Trails are currently under construction, developed by curators from organizations including the Getty Research Institute, KCRW, Architectural Resources Group, and the Huntington Library. Trailblazers are engaged based on recommendations from the board and advisory committee and are encouraged to focus on Trail subjects aligned with FORT: LA’s mission.