"Incomparably Missed" Dr. Robert 'Bungalow Bob' Winter to be Honored Today

Reception, plaque unveiling at Pasadena Convention Center at 5:00 p.m.

Published : Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 4:58 AM

Dr. Robert Winter at 80. Photo courtesy Ann Scheid

One of Pasadena’s most renowned architectural historians will be honored on Saturday, as the Dr. Robert Winter Lecture Series and reception launches at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Winter told the Southern California story as deciphered through its buildings. He died Feb. 9, 2019, at 94.

Historian Ann Scheid will present today’s lecture. Scheid is curator of Greene and Greene Archives for the Gamble House.

In honor of the late Winter, Pasadena Heritage, The Blinn House, The Gamble House and The Pasadena Museum of History will join to co-host the lecture and reception.

A special plaque has been commissioned by the Pasadena Center Operating Company and installation will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center Exhibit Hall C.

Scheid said she is delighted that her beloved friend will get the recognition he deserves. He had a wonderful sense of humor, she said.

“Bob used to say ‘Everything I say has a little bit of truth in it,’” Scheid said with a laugh. “He took the story part of history seriously. He taught at Oxy [Occifdental College], he was one of their favorite teachers.”

“Bob would put on a toga to teach history, and in many ways he was an actor,” she said. “He was tremendously popular with the students. He would take them on a bus to go see the important buildings in Los Angeles and it was also a way to highlight the places nobody had paid attention to.”

Winter and David Gebhard wrote “Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide” with several editions.

Scheid said the honor at the Convention Center hall has significance.

“The hall will be dedicated, and I’ll be speaking about Bob,” she said. “There was a big exhibition there in 1974 called California Design 1910,” she said. “That, along with Bob’s article ‘The Arroyo Culture’ really launched Pasadena and California as a center for the Arts and Crafts movement in early 20th Century.

“The architecture developed into a regional style,” she said. “That was California Craftsman architecture and after that it developed into a nationally recognized and world-famous movement with the bungalow and the architecture of the green brothers.

“And that’s why Bob is being honored in this way and the hall will have a memorial to him that will be unveiled after the talk,” she said.

After Gebhard died, Scheid said she tried to fill-in as a sort of assistant to Winter.

“For later guides we would go out Sunday mornings look at the list of what’s in the guide,” she said. “We would find the buildings, see what was new in the area, and rework his list.

But while Winter was a serious researcher and was engaged in work, he always had time for a little fun.

“We would always end up at a restaurant,” Scheid said. “And Bob would have a martini.”

The Inaugural Dr. Robert Winter Lecture Series and Reception is set to occur in the Pasadena Convention Center Exhibit Hall C, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

The event is free but RSVP is required. For more information, call the above number 626-441-6333.

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