Frank Gehry and the power of encouragement.

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                  This is a story about the influence and power of mentors on our lives and the world around us. I had the honor of being the last associate of Calvin C. Straub FAIA (1920-1998) and to have this great man, who was also a significant architect and instructor of architecture, mentor me in the early years of my professional career. During … Read More →

2017 S.R.J.C Walking Tour Guide.

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Historical Walking Tours April  27, May- 4,11,18,25  Thursday Evenings 4:30-6:30 Weather Notice: We will meet tonight as planned at the SW corner McDonald & Pacific. First Presbyterian. Church 1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 If it is actually raining to much to walk we will meet again next week June 3rd to finish the tour. Presented by Mark Parry of Idea Studios (544-4344)   References:   Peterson:  Santa Rosa’s … Read More →

Zaha Hadid enters history….

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We lost Zaha Hadid: Thursday March 24 2016 she was 65.  You can read more here. She considered herself one who “pushes boundaries” yet as one who still respects traditional architecture, I think the pushing of too many boundaries is one of our biggest problems as architects today. Without boundaries you have little order, architecture is actually all about principles of ordering things. As my friend Richard Doria stated once … Read More →

Julia Morgan: “Artistry in Architecture” May 18th 2016-7:00 pm

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    Artistry in Architecture: Julia Morgan                                      At talk with the Cloverdale Historical Society May 18th 2016 @ 7:00 Pm.: Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale, CA 95425 See map here   Julia Morgan remains one of the most prolific, effective and accomplished architects of her era.  Modest, talented … Read More →

Sonoma Leauge Salon 11/19/2015 with Mark Parry

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“Preserving Our Architectural Heritage” by North Bay Architect, Mark Parry aia,csi,sah. This November 19th League Salon on key issues and processes of preservation will be at the Maysonnave House. The Salon begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes snacks and a glass of wine. As with all League Salons, Mr. Parry will welcome questions and discussion; donations of $10 per adult non-League members are requested. Wm. Mark Parry AIA, CSI, SAH … Read More →

SRJC. Course “Architecture Mirror of the Times”… 2-9-2016 through 3-8-2016

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Architecture is a mirror of the social, economic and technical advances of its day.  Looking through the eyes of an Architectural Historian, with an interest in social, political, economic and building technologies one can see the march of history written on the facades and in the plans of the building’s on every main street. Consider the pre-industrial log homes of the 1780’s for example.  The pioneers of America’s frontiers came to … Read More →

2015 S.R.J.C Walking Tour Guide.

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Historical Walking Tours June 16,23, 30 July- 7,14  Tuesday Evenings 6:30-8:30 Presented by Mark Parry of Idea Studios (544-4344)     References:   Peterson:  Santa Rosa’s Architectural Heritage LaBaron: Santa Rosa: A Nineteenth century Town LaBaron: Santa Rosa: A Twentieth Century City McAlester: Field Guide to American Houses Sennett: Flesh & Stone Dostof: The City Shaped Reps: The Making of Urban America Struss & Howe: Generations-the history of Americas future … Read More →

Berkeley Arts & Crafts walking tour July 19th 2014

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Register HERE for the Santa Rosa Junior College: Berkeley Arts and Crafts Walking tours    Itinerary for Saturday July 19th, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. Panoramic Hill area: 10:30 am  Meet at the parking lot of the Memorial Stadium ($1:00 parking for 2 hours at up hill meter). Above  Bankroft at Prospect near Canyon Road. At 10:30+- We will proceed to the Orchard Lane steps at the base of Panoramic Hill. Up two sections of 39 … Read More →

2014 SRJC Historic Architectural Walking Tours

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Historic Walking Tours of down town Santa Rosa will meet this year Tuesday’s; June 17-July 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm . Our first meeting will be under the band pavilion in old Court House Square down town Santa Rosa. This course is for those interested in architecture, history, and the development of our community. We will discuss styles of architecture and the societal and political influences that have shaped our city. … Read More →

Calvin C. Straub FAIA (1920-1998)

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Calvin Chester Straub FAIA (1920–1998) was an American born architect who made a significant impact on architecture through design and education. His modesty, confidence, and passion for life combined with a no nonsense focus on strategic accomplishment were typical of his WWII generation. Straub was a professor of Architecture at University of Southern California (1946–1961) and Arizona State University (1961–1988). He also created an important body of work as the senior partner of Buff, Straub and Hensmen, … Read More →