Events Calendar

Welcome to the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society Calendar. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

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Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams  7:00 pm
Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams  @ Virtual Event
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams  @ Virtual Event
Please join us on April 21, 2021, 7pm. Paul Revere Williams’s inspirational story has fascinated historians for the simple fact that his journey was so improbable. The orphan son of an African American fruit-and-vegetable merchant,…
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Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams  @ Virtual Event
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us on April 21, 2021, 7pm.
Paul Revere Williams’s inspirational story has fascinated historians for the simple fact that his journey was so improbable. The orphan son of an African American fruit-and-vegetable merchant, he was repeatedly told he had no chance of ever realizing his childhood dream of becoming an architect. And yet, he ignored the naysayers to reach the pinnacle of his chosen profession, while overcoming widespread discrimination throughout early- to mid-twentieth century America. The odds against him succeeding were enormous.

$60 Hardcover copy of the book from Angel City Press

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Master Architects of Southern California



Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society

And

Angel City Press

Present

Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams

by Marc Appleton,  Stephen Gee, and Bret Parsons

April 21, 2021, 7pm

Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940, a new twelve-volume series by Marc Appleton and Bret Parsons showcases the work of the Golden Era’s most important residential architects as originally featured in the earliest issues of The Architectural Digest. Featuring some of the earliest known photographs of the work of legendary architects, the series is devoted to the era when oil titans, film industry moguls, bankers, and successful entrepreneurs who were new to the region hired the most accomplished and talented architects they could find.

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12
Wed
Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass @ Virtual Event
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us on May 12, 2021 at 7pm.
Five generations of Judsons have worked with artists, architects, and designers to create Old World-style stained glass whose quality and craftsmanship has often been compared to the work of Louis Tiffany. Famed for its Craftsman glass, Judson arts-and-crafts era windows have been celebrated by experts in the field for decades. Judson’s work with Frank Lloyd Wright on Hollyhock House in the 1920s was recently re-saluted when the house was named to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Established in Pasadena during the heyday of the Arroyo Culture, headquarters of Judson Studios are still housed in the original Craftsman-era home and studio of patriarch William Lees Judson.

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Hardcover copy of Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass by David Judson. Click here to Purchase

*$10 Presentation only  – Members (Pay Below with small Paypal fee)
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Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass by David Judson



Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society

And

Angel City Press

Present

Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass

by David Judson

May 12, 2021 at 7pm

JUDSON: Innovation in Stained Glass by David Judson and Steffie Nelson is a history of the world-renowned family of artisans who began crafting stained glass windows in Los Angeles in 1897.

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Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

July 7th at 7:00pm. Ken Bernstein, the City Planner for the City of Los Angeles and a national advocate for historic preservation shares how Los Angeles has led the nation in historic preservation and shares how other cities can do the same.

Los Angeles has an image as the “City of the Future”―a city always at the cutting edge of change―but also as a “throwaway metropolis” that cares little about its history or architectural legacy. Yet the reality is quite different. Over the past decade, the City of Los Angeles has developed one of the most successful historic preservation programs in the nation, culminating with the completion of the nation’s most ambitious citywide survey of historic resources.

*$10 Presentation only  – Members (Pay Below with small Paypal fee)
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Preserving Los Angeles



Windsor Square Hancock Park Historic Society

Presents

Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities

by Ken Bernstein

July 7th at 7:00pm

All across the city, historic preservation is now transforming Los Angeles, while also pointing the way to how other cities can use preservation to revitalize their neighborhoods and build community. Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities, authored by Ken Bernstein, who oversees Los Angeles’ Office of Historic Resources, tells this under-appreciated L.A. story: how historic preservation has been transforming neighborhoods, creating a Downtown renaissance, and guiding the future of the city.

While it is younger than many East Coast cities, Los Angeles has a remarkable collection of architectural resources in all styles, reflecting the legacy of notable architects from the past 150 years. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles is also breaking new ground in its approach to historic preservation, extending beyond the preservation of significant architecture, to also identify and protect the places of social and cultural meaning to all of Los Angeles’s communities. Preserving Los Angelesilluminates a Los Angeles that will surprise even longtime Angelenos―highlighting dozens of lesser-known buildings, neighborhoods, and places in every corner of the city that have been “found” by SurveyLA, the first-ever city-wide survey of Los Angeles’ historic resources. The text is richly illustrated through images by a prominent architectural photographer, Stephen Schafer. Preserving Los Angeles is an authoritative chronicle of Los Angeles’ urban transformation― and a useful guide for citizens and urban practitioners nationally seeking to draw lessons for their own cities.

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Better Luck Next Time @ Virtual Event
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

August 25th, 7:00 PM. Do you want to read something funny?  Let’s say, a novel set at a divorce ranch in Reno in the 1930s?  A book with memorably eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, a satisfying plot twist, and some romance and sex?  A feel-good literary comedy/western?  Here it is, then, the book you’ve been looking for: Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time.”—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

The eagerly anticipated second novel from the bestselling author of Be Frank with Me, a charming story of endings, new beginnings, and the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno.
$10 Presentation only  – Members (Pay Below with small Paypal fee)*
$15 Presentation only  – Non Members (Pay Below with small Paypal fee)
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$31.74 Better Luck Next Time book signed by author Julie Schumacher – pick up at Chevalier’s Bookstore or shipped for an additional $6
*After your purchase you will emailed the special presentation link by 6pm the day before the presentation and by 12pm on the day of the presentation.


Better Luck Next Time



The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society

presents

BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME

with author Julia Claiborne Johnson

Please join us WEDNESDAY August 25th, 7:00 PM

It’s 1938 and women seeking a quick, no-questions split from their husbands head to the “divorce capital of the world,” Reno, Nevada. There’s one catch: they have to wait six weeks to become “residents.” Many of these wealthy, soon-to-be divorcees flock to the Flying Leap, a dude ranch that caters to their every need.

Twenty-four-year-old Ward spent one year at Yale before his family lost everything in the Great Depression; now he’s earning an honest living as a ranch hand at the Flying Leap. Admired for his dashing good looks—“Cary Grant in cowboy boots”—Ward thinks he’s got the Flying Leap’s clients all figured out. But two new guests are about to upend everything he thinks he knows: Nina, a St Louis heiress and amateur pilot back for her third divorce, and Emily, whose bravest moment in life was leaving her cheating husband back in San Francisco and driving herself to Reno.

A novel about divorce, marriage, and everything that comes in between (money, class, ambition, and opportunity), Better Luck Next Time is a hilarious yet poignant examination of the ways friendship can save us, love can destroy us, and the family we create can be stronger than the family we come from.

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GHOSTS OF GREYSTONE – BEVERLY HILLS @ Virtual Event
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27TH, 7:00 PM Clete Keith never had thoughts of writing a book, let alone one on the paranormal. He was not someone totally convinced of the existence of ghosts or spiritual hauntings-until he started working at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. After twenty-two years working at the mansion, he woke up one night with the idea of writing a book about the stories he has heard as well as his own experiences. Ghosts of Greystone – Beverly Hills is a landmark exposé of eyewitness accounts detailing supernatural activity associated with this extraordinary location.
$10 Presentation only  – Members (Pay Below with small Paypal fee)
$15 Presentation only  – Non Members (Pay Below with small Paypal fee)
$29 Ghosts of Greystone – Beverly Hills Book available with presentation or separately

You can  purchase the book for $29 (Pay Below with small Paypal fee) with your presentation to be picked up or shipped from Chevaliers bookstore on Larchmont.

If you would just like to purchase the book(s) separately please click here.


GHOSTS OF GREYSTONE



The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society

presents

GHOSTS OF GREYSTONE – BEVERLY HILLS

with author Clete Keith

Please join us WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27TH, 7:00 PM

Having been approached by many guests, patrons, and employees over the years, Keith has heard it all. “Two tourists walked up to me and asked how they could get inside the mansion for the tour. When I told them the interior is closed to the public one replied, ‘Oh, because we saw a man in period clothing staring out the window and we thought he was part of the tour.’” This marks just one encounter of 237 paranormal stories documented at Greystone Mansion. Keith spent nearly three years researching the supernatural activity at the estate. With 86 interviews, including guests of the park, City staff, police officers, movie crew personnel, and janitorial services, Ghosts of Greystone – Beverly Hills promises you a riveting history and ghostly encounters. For more than two decades, the mystery surrounding the strange events taking place in and around Greystone Mansion has been suppressed, ignored, and disbelieved. Along with rare photographs and intriguing details about the landscape and architecture, Keith delves into the family of Ned and Lucy Doheny, including the fateful murder/suicide on the night of February 16, 1929, and other unfortunate deaths that surround these enigmatic grounds that may have stoked the paranormal fire of activity. “People from all over the world come to visit this iconic location. They want to peek behind the curtain and observe this ghostly estate for themselves. Ghosts of Greystone – Beverly Hills will allow them to do just that.”

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Bullocks Wilshire: The Genius Team Who Created Los Angeles’ Famed Art Deco Masterpiece @ Virtual Event
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

DECEMBER 8TH, 2021 at 7:00 PM. A store like no other, the architectural gem is considered a national treasure, part of the fabric of Los Angeles, indelibly etched into the city’s cultural soul. This hard-cover volume combines 100 beautifully reproduced historical photographs with the dramatic text of award-winning author Margaret Leslie Davis.

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$50 Limited Edition Book + $3.95 shipping available here

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Bullocks Wilshire



The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society

presents

Bullocks Wilshire: The Genius Team Who Created Los Angeles’ Famed Art Deco Masterpiece

with author MARGARET LESLIE DAVIS

Please join us December 8th, 2021 at 7:00pm

Excavation for Bullocks Wilshire began in 1928. Located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard near present day MacArthur Park, the enterprise was hailed as the first suburban department store and the first to cater to the automobile. The steel girder skeleton of Bullocks Wilshire began to take shape in 1929. John and Donald Parkinson, father and son, served as the building’s gifted architects.

The father and son firm founded by John Parkinson in 1894 was already responsible for many of the city’s great landmarks, including the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the Memorial Coliseum, City Hall and later Union Station. The design featured a landmark 241-foot tower. The advertising value of the stunning tower paid off handsomely and it became the signature stamp of the revered Los Angeles landmark.

Bullocks Wilshire recounts the lives of the two immigrant entrepreneurs, John Gillespie Bullock and Percy Glen Winnett, who, with this magnificent department store, tested a new theory of retailing in the suburbs, and the architectural team, Parkinson and Parkinson, who executed that vision into one of Los Angeles’ most beloved landmarks.

Written by a noted chronicler of Los Angeles history based on extensive interviews and research, Bullocks Wilshire promises readers an unprecedented opportunity to peek inside the doors of a unique architectural icon and discover its rich history from construction and golden age to its renovation and rebirth.