Learn about the uniquely L.A. architecture style influenced by Hollywood film sets & medieval Europe
Storybook Style: Whimsy in LAThe Neighborhood Church (301 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103) Map it $30
Lecture by Douglas Keister
Storybook Style, the rambunctious evocation of medieval Europe in American housing, was born in the early 1920s and almost forgotten by the late 1930s. It took its inspiration from the Hollywood sets that enthralled Americans of the period and that still appeal to our jaded modern eye. Half timbered and turreted, pinnacled and portcullised, these houses owed their fanciful bravura to architects and builders with theatrical flair, fine craftsmanship, and humor.
Douglas Keister: Douglas has authored and co-authored thirty-nine critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, and books. His twenty-five books on architecture include America's Painted Ladies, Victorian Glory, The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow, Storybook Style, Going Out in Style, Classic Cottages and many more.