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[Past Event] American Architecture Revealed | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

May 4 – The History of Hotels in America

The hotel industry in America began with simple New England country inns and taverns, progressed to grand hotels with the growth of major American cities, and has culminated in the sophisticated boutique hotels and spas of today. As America grew in population and prominence, the need for accommodations for travelers spurred the development of the hospitality industry while advancing the popular architectural styles of the time. This session will address the development of the industry through discussion of architectural and interior styles and the unique influences from various regions throughout the United States.

May 11 - Exotic Revival Architecture

The Exotic Revival Style marked America's interest in historical architecture, borrowing from Middle Eastern, Asian, Egyptian, Central American, and other influences. Architects used these cultural influences to express their heritage or create a sense of community, embrace new aesthetics, and to push the boundaries of architectural creativity and exuberance. The 1920s were a heyday of Exotic Revival architecture, attributable to a number of factors, including archaeological discoveries, popular media, accessibility of travel, and Hollywood fantasy. This session explores the various characterizations and history of these styles such as Mayan Revival, Egyptian Revival, Byzantine Revival, Moorish Revival, and others.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, May 4, 11 *1:00 – 2:30 p.m.* (2 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning educator, lecturer and author on the history of architecture, interiors and decorative arts. She has been named a Distinguished Instructor of design history at UCLA Extension and is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby's Institute in London and New York. She is co-author of "Master Architects of Southern California, 1920-1940: Wallace Neff."