War, Wright and Gemutlichkeit: SAH/SCC Lecture and Book Signing

Join the SAH/SCC for the riveting story of architectural designer Charles Paterson (born Karl Schanzer, 1929) who fled his native Vienna during Nazi occupation, studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, and ultimately created his own modern architectural practice in Aspen, Colorado at the beginning of the town’s skiing revival. Paterson and his co-author, daughter Carrie Paterson, will be on hand to read excerpts from their new book “Escape Home” (DoppelHouse Press, 2013), share images of Paterson’s architectural designs, and give a unique perspective on several Wright projects.

Connecting family history with modern architecture in Central Europe (Adolf Loos married the author’s aunt Claire Beck and did several commissions for the family), this survivor’s tale gives form to the elusive concept of “home,” freedom, and the unconstrained architectural possibilities of the postwar West.

Books will be available for sale and signing by the author. The event is free. No reservations are required. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Sunday, July 21, 2013
    2:00 PM

  • Where: 

    Santa Monica Central Library
    601 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
    Santa Monica, CA

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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