February 3-6 2023
4 days | Max 26 guests
West Coast Modern & Frank Lloyd Wright
Arrive in Los Angeles and make your way to our hotel in beautiful Pasadena. In the afternoon, gather in the lobby to meet your Frank Lloyd Wright Trust tour leaders and fellow travelers. After a drive through the charming Bungalow Heaven neighborhood, visit the privately-owned Robert R. Blacker House, designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1907 when they were still in their thirties. The brothers designed over 50 light fixtures, numerous leaded glass windows and custom furniture using exotic hardwoods such as teak, ebony and vermillion. The resulting ‘grand bungalow’ established a new sophistication in the Arts and Crafts decorative arts and is regarded as one of their masterworks. Although much of the components were sold over the years, the magnificent estate has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the owners. In the evening, get to know your fellow travelers during our welcome dinner.
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After breakfast on your own, enjoy a private in-depth, special access tour of Greene and Greene’s masterwork, the Gamble House (1908-1909). Then take a walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood, home to other prominent Greene and Greene houses and gardens. Next, enjoy an exterior visit to the nearby Millard House (1923), Frank Lloyd Wright’s first textile-block house, which he nicknamed “La Miniatura” on account of its (2,400 sq. ft) small size. After lunch at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, explore the extensive collection and gardens on your own. Don’t miss the American Decorative Arts collection, which includes excellent examples of Greene & Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright furnishings. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Downtown Pasadena is home to a wide variety of dining and entertainment options, all located within walking distance of the hotel.
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After breakfast on your own, get ready for a full day in L.A. and Hollywood. Enjoy a VIP tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s seminal Hollyhock House (1919-21), Wright’s first project in southern California. From here, there is a view of the Ennis House across the valley. Next, drive up to the Griffith Observatory for a birds-eye view of L.A. Then, see the architectural riches of downtown L.A, including the Bradbury building and Frank Gehry’s Disney Auditorium. After lunch, tour R.M. Schindler’s modestly scaled, yet ground-breaking Home and Studio. End the day at the Anderton Court Shops (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1952) in Beverly Hills. Return to Pasadena for some time to freshen up before for our farewell dinner.
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Our final day includes a visit to the privately-owned Batchelder House (1910), located in the historic Arroyo Seco Historic District. The charming bungalow was designed and built by Ernest A. Batchelder, a prominent leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement and a notable tile maker. After returning to the hotel to drop guests off who are driving or extending their tour, transfer to the Los Angeles airport.
Daily Itinerary subject to change.
WARNING: This program involves walking on steep and rocky terrain. Participants must be physically fit.
Three nights, double occupancy at The Westin Pasadena
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