John Chase’s West Hollywood: An Architectural Walking Tour
Saturday, May 21, 2011

10:00 a.m.: Tour departs from West Hollywood Gateway
7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Meet in front of the Starbucks in the courtyard

6:00 p.m.: Drinks at Barney’s Beanery
8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
You can take the 704 or 4 bus back to the start

Presented by KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, design east of La Brea and The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

The late John Chase was the City of West Hollywood’s urban designer for 14 years. During that time, he made his mark on every corner of West Hollywood, helping transform Santa Monica Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly strip, shepherding high-quality development, commissioning well-designed signage, and carving out much-needed pocket parks. On May 21, John’s birthday, a group of his friends, family, co-workers, and collaborators will lead a walking tour across the city to experience John’s legacy. Architects and city leaders will meet the group at the various projects to talk about working with John and offer advice on how designers and developers can collaborate on successful urban spaces. The walk will conclude with drinks at Barney’s Beanery, one of John’s favorite places in West Hollywood.

Stops include: Formosa 1140, Plummer Park, The MAK Center, Habitat 825, Holloway Park Veteran’s Memorial, Sierra Bonita Affordable Housing, 8140 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood City Hall, the urban design and streetscape of West Hollywood, a closer look at the dingbats and “exterior decoration” that John described in his books and essays, plus many more (and a few surprises!). The walk will conclude at Barney’s Beanery for drinks and more memories around 6:00 pm.

Speakers include: Frances Anderton, Christopher Hawthorne, John Keho, Jennifer Davis, Katherine Spitz, Deborah Murphy, John Kaliski, and Margaret Crawford, and more to be announced.

A printed map of John Chase’s West Hollywood will be provided by the John Chase Memorial Fund, recognizing a former board member, and a great friend and supporter of The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

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