If you love Southern California’s historic modernistic architecture and you have not yet “met” Esther McCoy then you will be in for a treat. From 1950 up until her death in 1989, McCoy wrote and lectured extensively and brilliantly on the architecture and architects of California, most notably the great modernists such as Richard Neutra and R.M. Schindler. Her groundbreaking Five California Architects (Greene & Greene, Maybeck, Gill and Schindler) first published in 1960 remains a must read for any serious students of California architectural heritage. McCoy was also deeply involved with John Entenza and Arts & Architecture and it was she who literally wrote the book on the Case Study houses with Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses (1962).
I just learned that this Saturday (April 6) @ 12:00 Noon, author Susan Morgan, who has done so much to honor and further McCoy’s legacy, will be giving a presentation in Santa Monica at the Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue, on McCoy entitled The View From Santa Monica. It sounds like it will be fascinating with lots of great images and heretofore little known details. If there is still any room left I highly suggest you head over there and attend. You’ll enjoy “meeting” Esther McCoy through her brilliant chronicler, Susan Morgan.