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Over The Top — The Architecture of Trousdale Estates

Join author and historian Steven Price and discover more about the man that made the most dynamic impact on the midcentury movement in Beverly Hills.

$15 (1 hr)

Category: Presentation

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When it was launched in 1955, Trousdale Estates was truly “over the top” – sited at the highest point of Beverly Hills, and in its sky’s-the-limit residential architecture. But in fact, the 410-acre enclave comprises L.A.’s largest and most complete colony of residential designs by virtually every A-list architect in Southern California, including A. Quincy Jones, Wallace Neff, Cliff May, Paul R. Williams, Richard Dorman, Harold Levitt, Rex Lotery and many, many more. Celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx, Dinah Shore, Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon had homes in Trousdale Estates.

Now, in the 21st century, Trousdale Estates is back – bigger and more glamorous than ever. Steven Price will take you on the wildest roller coaster ride in Beverly Hills architectural history, with an entertaining and informative talk that will leave you breathless. 

About Steven Price

Steven Price is an author, speaker, historian and preservation consultant based in Palm Desert, California since 2015.

January 2017 saw the long-awaited release of his book TROUSDALE ESTATES: Mid-Century to Modern in Beverly Hills, from Regan Arts, Judith Regan’s imprint at Phaidon Press. Exceptionally well-received by public and press alike, acclaimed in Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Wall Street Journal, Elle Décor, Modern, Luxe, CA Modern: the Eichler magazine, with a second printing expected for the Summer of 2023.

Steven makes frequent appearances in print, online, radio, news and documentaries providing insight and commentary on Trousdale Estates/Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Palm Springs architecture, its preservation and the place of 20th Century Modernism in the 21st century.

He has served on the L.A. Conservancy’s Modern Committee, and on the Board of Directors for the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. Currently, Steven serves on the Architecture & Design Committee of the Historical Society of Palm Desert, and is also is co-Director of the Harold W. Levitt Professional Archive.

This event is for ages 12 and older.
Ample public parking is available at Rexford Public Parking.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is MADE. 
Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium
444 N Rexford Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 
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