Rare Double Treat for architecture buffs!
Architect John Reed to Fete Irving Gill at Rialto Theater
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Irving Gill’s famed, but ill-fated Dodge House,
the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation has invited Gill expert and noted architectural
historian/architect John Reed to speak about Gill and his lost Los Angeles treasure at the
newly-rescued Rialto Theater – 1023 South Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena. Although
considered one of the 15 most architecturally significant residences ever built in the United
States, the Dodge House in West Hollywood was demolished in 1970.
With popcorn and candy-counter delectables, the special event gets underway at 5 pm,
Saturday June 6, as part of the Preservation Foundation’s annual meeting education
program. “The Rialto has been shuttered for several years, and we are very fortunate to
have the opportunity to hold this important tribute to Irving Gill and see the Rialto in its
pre-renovation condition. Our connection to Gill’s incredible contribution to modern
architecture is his Miltmore house in South Pasadena. It’s probably the best intact
residence Gill ever built,‘ says Odom Stamps, Preservation Foundation president.
The public is invited and the event is free. Seating is limited so anyone wishing to attend
should RSVP online at sppreservation.org by 5pm June 5th.
John Reed first discovered Gill’s work in 1944 while studying industrial design at USC
with classmates Conrad Buff, Don Hensman, and Pierre Koenig and living in the Homer
Laughlin residence in Los Angeles that Gill had designed in 1907. After graduating and
living in San Diego for many years, John moved his practice back to Los Angeles and set
up shop in R. M. Schindler’s King Road studio/residence. Reed’s wealth of knowledge
and rich stories about Gill and other masters of modern architecture should be a treat for
everyone able to attend.