Life in the Facade Lane: Six Degrees of Architectural Separation

Life in the Facade Lane: Six Degrees of Architectural Separation
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Free live webinar

Bret Parsons, Guest Speaker 

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 and 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?

Join realtor and author Bret Parsons for a dynamic multimedia cruise through some of Los Angeles’s most esteemed mansions and noteworthy enclaves. Punctuated by fascinating bits of history and humor, Bret’s talk is guaranteed to spark your curiosity and improve your cocktail conversation about one of the most high-profile home-building regions 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 ending the cycle of family homelessness and poverty.


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

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