The 2010 San Francisco Architectural Heritage (Heritage) lecture series has just been announced.
Heritage offers lectures, workshops, seminars and architectural walking tours through which thousands of San Francisco residents and visitors have discovered the city’s diverse built environment. Though tours are offered year-around, the monthly lecture series is held July through November only.
On July 22, the lecture series begins with “Peter M. Schmidt: Victorian Master Architect.” Schmidt was the architect of the Haas-Lilienthal House and many other fine Victorian-era residences. This lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street. Enter by the side door tour entrance, which opens at 5:30 p.m. After the lecture, there will be a brief walking tour to see two other Schmidt-designed houses in Pacific Heights.
On August 19, Nancy Goldenberg, Historical Architect and Principal at Carey & Co., will present “Pier 70: A Microcosm of American Shipbuilding from 1884-1945.” The Union Ironworks / Bethlehem Shipyard at Pier 70 pioneered technological developments in shipbuilding and produced many significant wartime vessels. In operation continuously from the 1880s to present, it also provides a physical record of trends in industrial architecture from the late 19th century through WWII. Goldenberg will discuss the technological and architectural history of the shipyard. Mark Paez and David Beaupre from the Port of San Francisco will discuss Pier 70’s future, explaining the current master planning process and development goals for the site. This lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bayside Conference Room, Pier 1 on the Embarcadero. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
On September 23, Therese Poletti, journalist and author of Art Deco San Francisco, will present “Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger.” Pflueger shaped the skyline of San Francisco with his skillful mastery of the Art Deco style. His work – heavily influenced by Mayan and other Mesoamerican traditions – is exciting and approachable, making him one of San Francisco’s most beloved architects. Poletti will present an in-depth look at Pflueger’s life and work. This lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bayside Conference Room, Pier 1 on the Embarcadero. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
On October 21, Inge Schaefer Horton, retired city planner and author of the upcoming book Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area, will present “Bay Area Women Architects: Julia Morgan’s San Francisco Cohorts.” Morgan is the best-known early woman architect of the Bay Area, but is by no means the only one. Many other women practiced architecture here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This lecture presents the work of these largely unknown, but path-forging women designers. This lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bayside Conference Room, Pier 1 on the Embarcadero. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
On November 18, Andrew Wolfram, AIA, Associate Principal with Perkins and Will Architects, member of Docomomo-US, and commissioner on San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission, will present “Forgotten Modern Masters.” Modernist architects like William Wurster and Joseph Esherick are well known today as shapers of the Bay Area’s unique mid-century modernist style. This lecture looks at three other equally influential modernist San Francisco architects – John Funk, Ernest Kump, and Mario Ciampi – whose work was as celebrated and influential in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s as the work of Wurster and Esherick, but whose names are fading from our collective memory. This lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bayside Conference Room, Pier 1 on the Embarcadero. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The five-lecture series is $35 for Heritage members and students with valid ID, $50 for non-members. Tickets for single lectures are $8 for members/students, $12 for non-members. Lectures do occasionally sell out, so reservations are highly recommended.
For more information: Information about the Heritage Lecture Series can be found at www.sfheritage.org or by calling 415-441-3000 ext. 14.