As of May, 2016 word has come down that the OCC board ‘after careful consideration’ elected to destroy at least two and maybe three of the original Neutra buildings the above petition was designed to save! We’d achieved over 350 signatures on this petition to that point, which were obviously insufficient to sway these vandals from their dastardly course!
This latest desecration of some of the few remaining Neutra examples, gave rise to a new Institute Project. We’re calling it
THE NEUTRA PRESERVATION WALL OF SHAME
On it will be emblazoned the names of the aggrieved projects, the date they were despoiled, and the names of the perpetrators, so that they can be publicly shamed for their lack of appreciation of the art objects of which they were supposed to be caring stewards!
Stay tuned for more new on this, and feel free to continue building up signatures on the above petition; 1000 would still be great!
Thank you for your continued tax deductible support of the Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design, and its new Neutra Institute Museum of Silver Lake.
Proceeds will continue to go towards causes of preservation, with special emphasis continuing on into next year towards the events to be scheduled for Earth Day week, ending Sunday, April 23, 2017 and ‘Preserving VDL’. This iconic monument will continue to be in need of repairs of all kinds, and desirably an endowment!
To learn how you can become involved we have all the information on our Volunteer Opportunities page.
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If you know of a Neutra building, or if you OWN a Neutra building, please get in touch with the Institute and give us the latest information about the building and its current owner.
The Institute is assembling a database of all current Neutra building owners. Our goal is to create a mailing list for news about the preservation and conservation of what remains of the Neutra oeuvre.
If you have any information, please send it to Dion Neutra. Please include phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses if available.
The original motivation for this show was the threat in 2010 to the Mariner’s Medical Arts Complex in Newport Beach, (still at risk). In 2016, we have the threat to several of our buildings at Orange Coast College, where the Board there has declared itself ready to destroy about three of the rare examples we were able to get built there in the early 50s Why? Not to build on their sites, but “to clear the center of the campus for a green area!” or for parking.
This is all scheduled for some time this year. Aside from individual letters to the college, we’ve come up with a petition whereby you can sign, making any remark you care to, about the value to history, to have these examples survive.
This would appear to be one of our last hopes; would 1000 signatures sufficiently impress these folks to pressure them to change course?
The Life and Death of the Neutra Gettysburg Cyclorama Center
In the late 50s, the Neutra and Alexander firm was selected to design what became the signature example of a National Parks Visitor Center. The one for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania became the darling of Richard Neutra together with his architect son, Dion, who acted as Project Architect, throughout the preparation of documents and later during construction, which was finished and dedicated in 1962.
Continue reading “The Preservation Disaster of the 21st Century”
Here’s the New Neutra Institute Museum and Gallery
Please join us for a closing reception, Saturday evening, October 4, from 7PM to 10PM, at the new gallery/museum housed in the iconic Neutra Office Building of Silverlake
2379 Glendale Boulevard,
~ featuring ~
ART IN ARCHITECTURE
A photography exhibit and opening reception with the artist JOSELLE CELINE and the architect DION NEUTRA.
Saturday evening, October 4th 7:00-10:00PM.
We had a great turnout for our inauguration on August 21; 250 people at peak! While sales and donations were good, we’re going to need to keep the momentum going financially in order to make this museum/gallery on ongoing reality for the community. Thank you for all the support shown.
Needed, going forward:
To keep the museum open, starting with weekends, we’re offering an opportunity for co-workers to occupy two stations in the lobby. Bring your laptop and man one of these two spots during normal office hours. Participate in the creative energy of this historic building at no cost, and help us hold open for visitors at the same time! Send resume and get details from firstname.lastname@example.org