A Tale of Two Architects at Lotusland

Anthony Grumbine, Guest Lecturer

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AIA for 1 Elective Learning Unit

While Lotusland is known by many for its world-renowned gardens, much less has been discussed regarding its architectural pedigree. Few know that both Reginald Johnson and George Washington Smith designed buildings which are the current architectural backdrop for Lotusland. Even fewer have seen blueprints by these key California architects of the 1920s.

Join architect Anthony Grumbine as he delves into the design-minds of Johnson and Smith. We’ll look at their blueprints, discovering the special organization, ornamentation, and design intent of the structures at Lotusland. We’ll examine early sketches for buildings that were never actually built, in an effort to understand the architects’ process and transformation of the site. In addition, other projects from Johnson and Smith will be compared and discussed within the context of Lotusland, to more deeply appreciate the work of these great masters, and one of the greatest estates in the Santa Barbara region.

And finally, the answer to the all-important question “So what DOES a George Washington Smith doghouse design-drawing look like…?” will be given.

Anthony Grumbine is Principal and Architect at Harrison Design’s Santa Barbara office. Current Chair of the City of Santa Barbara’s Historic Landmarks Commission, Anthony also sits on the Boards for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, and Lotusland. Specializing in Santa Barbara’s historic architecture, Anthony regularly works on buildings by George Washington Smith, Reginald Johnson, Edwards and Plunkett and other notable architects of Santa Barbara’s Golden Age. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Art History and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

This program will be presented on Zoom.  The link will be sent 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. 

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$20 General Public


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