Join us Saturday, January 25th at 6:00 pm for a Book Signing with ADAM ARENSON for the book: "Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California".
Also...Adam Arenson and Esotouric are giving an all-day sightseeing tour of The Visionary World of Millard Sheets on Sunday, 1/26. For info, visit https://esotouric.com/millard-sheets-2020/
Banking on Beauty presents the first history of this remarkable building program. Drawing extensively on archival materials, site visits, and oral history interviews, Adam Arenson tells a fascinating story of how the architecture and art were created, the politics of where the branches were built, and why the Sheets Studio switched from portraying universal family scenes to celebrating local history amid the dramatic cultural and political changes of the 1960s. Combining urban history, business history, and art and architectural history, Banking on Beauty reveals how these institutions shaped the corporate and cultural landscapes of Southern California, where many of the branches were located. Richly illustrated and beautifully written, Banking on Beauty builds a convincing case for preserving these outstanding examples of Midcentury Modern architecture, which currently faces an uncertain future.