Lecture: Bertram Goodhue and Irving Gill: The Panama California Exhibition and the Los Angeles Public Library

Thursday, November 3, 2016
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Free Event

Bertram Goodhue replaced Irving Gill as chief
architect of the Panama California Exhibition in San
Diego. A decade later Goodhue was chosen to design
the Los Angeles Public Library, presumably in the
same ornate Spanish colonial style that had won him
acclaim at the fair. Ironically, by this date, Goodhue
was turning for inspiration to the same “utilitarian
qualities” exhibited by American Southwestern
vernacular buildings that had inspired the earlier
work of Gill, a turn that heavily informed his final
design for the Los Angeles Public Library. Kenneth
Alan Breisch is Associate Professor, USC School of
Architecture. Breisch’s book, The Los Angeles Central
Library: Building an Architectural Icon, 1872-1933 is
forthcoming from Getty Publications.