Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2004Volume 32:2
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Filoli Garden Tour - Sarka Volejnikova
The Changing Faces of Architecture - Erin Olson-Douglas
Wanted: OWA Archival Material - Inge Horton
Filoli Garden Tourby Sarka Volejnikova | Share #438
The estate was built between the years of 1915 and 1917 for Mrs. and Mr. William Bowers Bourn II according to the design of their friend, architect Willis Polk. The garden design was entrusted to another friend of the Bowers, Bruce Potter, a poet, interior designer, muralist, and stained glass artist; Isabella Worn was responsible for planting selections and installations. The name of the estate comes from Mr. Bourn's credo: " to fight for a just cause; to love your fellow man; to live a good life," a testament of humanitarian philosophy of this gold mine owner and president of the Spring Valley Water Company.
In mid 1930s the estate was purchased by Mrs. and Mr. Roth and underwent further horticultural enrichment, which contributed to its worldwide recognition. Today, Filoli is a registered state landmark, and since 1975 it is under the patronage of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The gardens were inspired by traditional English design to form a succession of individual formal garden rooms, and to follow the north-south axes of the brick mansion. The estate was sited in the landscape in such a way as to make the most of the natural beauty of the oak woodlands surrounding it.
For more information, go to the Filoli web-site.
Asian Art Museum: Architectural TourShare #439
The $160.5 million facility was designed in a joint venture by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK), LDA Architects and Robert Wong Architect in association with Gae Aulenti, FAIA, oversaw the design of the Asian Art Museum. One of the most sought-after museum designers in the world, Aulenti specializes in the adaptive reuse of historic structures to museum spaces (Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona).
Join us for a one-hour private architectural tour of the Asian Art Museum, and stay on to view the galleries at your own pace. A self-guided audio tour of some 30 works in the collection is free with museum admission. The museum is open until 9 PM that evening.
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