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Life in the Facade Lane: Six Degrees of Architectural Separation

Life in the Facade Lane: Six Degrees of Architectural Separation
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Bret Parsons, Guest Speaker 

Classical Lecture Series, Lecture I

Founded in 1781, present day Los Angeles County blossomed into a group of 88 diverse cities. This collective area coalesced at the turn of the 20th century when design practitioners were summoned from the world over to create cinematic backgrounds for the burgeoning, and lucrative, motion-picture business.

Along with business expansion, new homes and neighborhoods emerged: organic, original, classic, eccentric. As a result, Los Angeles fosters an extraordinary vernacular. Where else can one find a beach bungalow, a mountain-top aerie or an indigenous desert adobe? Then, a fabled Mediterranean villa, a sky-high penthouse, or even a San Fernando Valley ranch, all seeming moments from each other?

Diverse topography and enviable weather mixed with tremendous wealth, plus architects, designers, and contractors who design and construct world-admired homes, have rendered LA “the finest residential real estate market in the world.”

Join realtor and author Bret Parsons for a dynamic, 40-minute multimedia cruise as he spotlights esteemed Los Angeles architecture and “good hoods" punctuated by fascinating bits of historical, humorous, and notorious tidbits guaranteed to increase your curiosity (and cocktail conversations) about the “greatest home building region on the planet.

Bret Parsons founded Bret Parsons Real Estate in 2008. He's an award-winning residential realtor who focuses on representing buyers and sellers of notable homes, often termed “architecturals," throughout greater Los Angeles.  He’s written and co-authored several architecture books, is quoted widely in the media, and lectures throughout the country.  Bret has renovated three period homes, all featured in the popular Los Angeles Times column, “Hot Properties.”  He’s a former board member of ICAA Southern California Chapter, and Imagine LA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing volunteer teams in the community to end the cycle of family homelessness and poverty. He resides in Windsor Village, adjacent to Hancock Park in Los Angeles.

Generously hosted by Mimi London, Inc.
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue . Suite B - 396
Los Angeles, CA 90069

This is the first of the 2020 the Classical Lecture Series. The Series will also include:

  • April 14, Duveen Brothers and the Market for Decorative Arts, 1880-1940, Charlotte Vignon, Guest Speaker
  • May 4, The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World, Curt DiCamillo, Guest Speaker
  • November 11, Richard Manion, Guest Speaker


ICAA Member - Season Pass - $140.00
General Public - Season Pass  - $190.00
Individual Lecture Ticket:
ICAA Members - $30
General Public - $55

Image: Windsor Square residence of Mr. William J. Toomey, designed by the Frank Meline Company, 1917 / Photo by Marco Franchina

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