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Trousdale Estates: Over the Top in Beverly Hills
February 22, 2017 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm |
Author, historian and Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board member Steven Price examines Trousdale Estates, an enclave of some 535 large, luxurious, mostly single-story homes in Beverly Hills. Developed by builder Paul Trousdale in the 1950s and ’60s, it quickly became famous for its superstar residents and the extravagance of their homes. Today, Trousdale Estates comprises L.A.’s largest and most complete colony of residential work by the biggest names in Los Angeles architecture, including deans of traditionalism like Wallace Neff, James Dolena, John Elgin Woolf, and Paul R. Williams, and the best modernists of the day, including A. Quincy Jones, Lloyd Wright, Richard Dorman, Edward Fickett, Harold Levitt, Cliff May and others. Often working with unlimited budgets, these architects created sprawling and elegant homes at the height of the “American Century.”
Celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx, Dinah Shore and Elvis Presley called Trousdale Estates “home” in its early days. Today the celebrity trajectory is even steeper: Ringo Starr, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Aniston, Elton John and scores of others have made the area sizzle again with sympathetic restorations and new construction by top talents like Brad Dunning, Kelly Wearstler and Marmol-Radziner. This lecture is generously underwritten by Hedge Vintage | Eclectic Furnishings.
The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation (PSPF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.” PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.