May 12, 2021
Architect Christian Arndt of the ICAA's Southern California Chapter takes viewers to his hometown of Pasadena, CA, and examines the classical Beaux-Arts design of Pasadena City Hall.
The ICAA is excited to bring attention to the classical and traditional architectural and design elements, decisions, and features that make the places we live more welcoming and beautiful, as part of our new In Your Neighborhood series.
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Lead Sponsor of the In Your Neighborhood series: AE Greyson General Contractors
In 1924, Pasadena's urban planners held architectural competitions for the city's new civic center. Architect Arthur Brown submitted the winning design for the new city hall, following the Beaux-Arts design principles dedicated to fair, transparent, and inclusive government. Discover how, almost a hundred years later, this building still represents the city's distinctively Californian character, even by drawing from design cues across the world.
Christian would like to thank the following individuals for their help on this video, Architects Stefanos Polyzoides, Bryce Buckley, Tom Havel and Landscape Architect Gabriela Yariv.
To contact Christian directly with any questions about this video, please email him at christianaarndt at aol.com.
If you would like to learn more about architect Arthur Brown, please refer to these three books.
Arthur Brown Jr.: Progressive Classicist by Jeffrey T. Tilman
Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age by Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot M. Ellis
A Beaux-Arts Education, The Architectural Education of Arthur Brown Jr. at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, France 1897-1903 edited by Hans Baldauf
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