Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse Presents An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles by David Gebhard and Robert Winter

Revised and updated by Robert Inman and Robert Winter Foreword by Nathan Masters

Published : Monday, February 25, 2019 | 11:59 AM

From top clockwise: An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles book cover, Robert Winter and Robert Inman.

On Sunday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes award-winning urban walker Robert Inman. Inman and original author Robert Winter have extensively revised and edited An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles for a sixth edition. First published over fifty years ago by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and written by Winter and David Gebhard, both renowned architectural historians, the latest edition also has a foreword by historian Nathan Masters.

This seminal vade mecum of Los Angeles architecture explores every rich potency of the often relentless, but sometimes-as captured here-relenting L.A. cityscape. It is considered a veritable “Bible” of built L.A. More than an effort of exploration, the guide is an outfit of discovery. The much-anticipated revision, long since a classic standard of the Los Angeles architecture, has been updated rigorously with more than 200 new entries cataloging every crease, region, and style of Los Angeles County’s metropolitan sheath, from the missions of Spanish California to present day.

An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles has always been a live-wire read, equal parts thorough and informational, written with a rich, droll tone of vim and vigor tempered by relentlessly honest opinions. Dilettantes and experts, practitioners and students, aficionados and osmotic natives alike: all are blood type-compatible with this tongue-in-cheek critical reference for architecture enthusiasts. Enjoy your transfusion.

Robert Inman cultivated his lifelong enthusiasm for the built environment of Los Angeles as a student at Occidental College under the tutelage of Dr. Robert W. Winter, his now frequent collaborator. A native son of Los Angeles and a lifelong active hiker, he embraced stair and urban walking as an avocation in 2004. In these pursuits, Inman has come to publish A Guide to the Stairways of Los Angeles (2008) and Finding Los Angeles by Foot: Stairstreet, Bridge, Pathway, and Lane (2013). In nine years of leading urban walks, he has lead more than five thousand participants on two hundred walking events of this nature. In 2011, Inman co-invented and designed the 220-mile, 300-stairway “Inman 300″ in Los Angeles, known as “America’s first urban thru-hike.” In 2016, he was awarded the Ray Bradbury Community Walking Champion award from a pedestrian advocacy group, Los Angeles Walks. Inman is married to Barbara May, and they live in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock.

Dr. Robert W. Winter -lauded as a “Guru,” “Father,” and “Godfather” of Los Angeles architecture-is a historian of fabricated California, claiming a rich bibliography of various guides and histories of California architecture, including Craftsman Style (2004). He lives in the famed Batchelder House in Pasadena.

Dr. David Gebhard (1927-1996) was a preeminent architectural historian and preservationist, who had a long career teaching at U.C. Santa Barbara.

Nathan Masters is a writer who hosts and produces Lost L.A., an Emmy Award-winning public television series from KCET and the USC Libraries. Nathan’s writing has appeared in many publications, including Los Angeles Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

For further information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La CaƱada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.

 

 

 

 

 

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