July 28th at 7:00 p.m. - at the Andres Pico Adobe.
Remarkable architecture and cultural history are all around us, often in unlikely places, including communities in every corner of the Valley. Our July Speaker, Ken Bernstein, author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book Preserving Los Angeles, will share a visual tour of how historic preservation has helped transform the San Fernando Valley and all of Los Angeles. He will be highlighting hidden Modernist gems like the “Eichler Homes” in Granada Hills, “The Onion” in North Hills and “The Bear Pit” just down the street from the Adobe, that may surprise even longtime Angelenos. He will showcase the city’s rich and varied heritage – from bungalow courts and roadside landmarks to modest structures that reflect the social and cultural history of the city’s diverse communities.
Los Angeles has become a testament to the power of adaptive reuse – repurposing historic structures to revitalize its Downtown, create new sources of affordable housing, and transform residential neighborhoods. Ken Bernstein is a Principal City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. He is the Manager of the City’s Office of Historic Resources, where he directs Los Angeles’ historic preservation policies. He serves as lead staff member for the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission, has overseen the completion of SurveyLA, a multi-year citywide survey of historic resources, and has led the creation of a comprehensive historic preservation program for Los Angeles. Ken has been an adjunct professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Department of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), teaching a course on urban planning for the public sector. His book, Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities, was published by Angel City Press in 2021.
Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities Purchase Here.