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Preserving Los Angeles: A Kaleidoscopic Tour of L.A.’s Built Heritage

Author and photographer Ken Bernstein and Stephen Schafer share an engaging visual tour of Los Angeles’s hidden architectural gems, highlighting the transformative power of historic preservation. $12 (1 hr)
Category: @CAMP Theater, Book Signing, Kid-Friendly Activity, Presentation, Talk, JUST ADDED



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Ken Bernstein and Stephen Schafer, author and photographer of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, Preserving Los Angeles, will be sharing an engaging visual tour of how historic preservation has helped transform Los Angeles, and can do the same for other cities. 

Extending beyond well-known Midcentury Modern dwellings by renowned architects, Preserving Los Angeles highlights hidden Modernist gems that will surprise even longtime Angelenos, while showcasing the city’s rich and varied built heritage, from bungalow courts and roadside landmarks to modest structures that reflect the social and cultural history of the city’s diverse communities.

Los Angeles has become a testament to the power of adaptive reuse, repurposing historic structures to revitalize its Downtown, create new sources of affordable housing, and transform residential neighborhoods.

Preserving Los Angeles showcases every community in Los Angeles, reminding us that remarkable architecture and cultural history is all around us, often in unlikely places. The book is an authoritative chronicle of urban transformation, a guide for citizens and urban practitioners alike who hope to preserve the unique culture of their own cities. 

Ken Bernstein directs the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, which is responsible for Los Angeles’s historic preservation policies and programs, and was previously Director of Preservation Issues for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the nation’s largest local non-profit historic preservation organization.

Stephen Schafer is an architectural photographer with a preservation distraction, who crisscrosses America documenting significant places for the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Buildings Survey collection. 

A book signing will immediately follow this presentation.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
A book signing will follow this event.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
1. Eastern Columbia roof/pool, photograph by Stephen Schafer.  2. Pann's exterior at twilight, photograph by Stephen Schafer.  3. Balboa Highlands HPOZ homes, photograph by Stephen Schafer.  4. Great Wall of Los Angeles close-up, photograph by Stephen Schafer.Congregational Church of Northridge interior, photograph by Stephen Schafer.  5. Congregational Church of Northridge interior, photograph by Stephen Schafer.

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