Millard Sheets and Home Savings: Mid-Century Modern Architecture @ AIA San Francisco - AIASF, San Francisco [12 March]

Millard Sheets and Home Savings: Mid-Century Modern Architecture

12:00 - 13:00

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AIA San Francisco - AIASF
130 Sutter St, San Francisco, California 94104
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Adam Arenson will present the research from his new book, the first book-length study of Millard Sheets’ architectural commissions, including the marquee branches of Home Savings and Loan throughout California and beyond. Connecting Sheets’ work to precedents, including California world fairs and Rockefeller Center, it continues past the sale of Home Savings to Washington Mutual to explore the preservation challenges for this work today. It explores the workings of this “California Modern” studio that included not just architects and interior designers but painters, sculptors and stained-glass artists. Combining urban history, business history, and art and architectural history, Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture is based on more than seventy oral history interviews, archival research and site visits.

Learning Objectives
1. Defining California Modern design elements
2. Identifying design precedents and Studio work processes
3. History of branch expansion and planning-board negotiations by Home Savings
4. Discussion of preservation challenges for Mid-Century Modern commercial architecture

A California native, Adam Arenson is an associate professor of history and director of the urban studies program at Manhattan College. He has written or co-edited three previous books on the history of the American West and the politics and culture of U.S. cities, including the award-winning The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War. Arenson has also written for the history blogs of several national publications, including the New York Times. He holds degrees an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard and a Ph.D. in History from Yale. More about his research can be found at and Image by Hunter Kerhart

This webinar is being provided in partnership with the AIA Historic Resources Committee. A live on-site event will be held at the AIA as well, but this registration is for the live broadcast of the event.

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