Wednesday, March 09, 2016
The Wright Tour Pt. 1
Recently I had the opportunity to take tour created by the Wright Trust in Chicago titled "California Craft: Frank Lloyd Wright & California Modern." How ironic that a group based in the midwest actually gets me to a location only two hours away from my home. The tour was based out of Pasadena, a city I had only visited briefly twice before. After this trip, I am kicking myself in the tush. The host hotel was the Westin Pasadena; while not the typical historical building I would normally choose, it was clean, well-appointed, and centrally located. No complaints here. Well, other than the pool being closed.
The interiors displayed a modern twist on the Craftsman-style that is pervasive throughout Pasadena.
As soon as I arrived, the fun began. Our first stop was the nearby Judson Studios.
For over a century, The Judson Studios has designed, created, and installed hand-crafted, stained, leaded and other unique forms of architectural glass. At the time we visited, they were also involved in a number of restoration projects. The building and property held a number of very cool architectural details.
We were able to see projects that were in the design phase:
As well as those in production:
Windows from Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Chicago were awaiting restoration:
We were unable to photograph the work the company had in progress for Shanghai Disney. Damn those Disney legal eagles.
After we returned from the tour, I took my own walking tour of Pasadena, which is where I will drop you off for today.
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