Fundraisers Open Two Historic Homes in SoCal This Weekend


The Pacific Standard Time related fun continues! This weekend, two iconic mid-century homes that are rarely (if ever) open to the public are letting in the hoi polloi as part of their annual fundraisers.

First, this Saturday the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades is taking advantage of its empty interiors (the living room has been painstakingly re-created at LACMA as part of its exhibit California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”) to raise money for the Eames Foundation. For $250 (or $200 for members), attendees can enjoy a glass of wine in the unfurnished home, “as empty and full of possibilities as it was at the time when Charles and Ray first moved in.”

One hundred percent of the money raised goes to support work on the house under the 250 Year Project, a plan to preserve the house for the next 250 years. The restoration is currently handled by local architecture firm Escher GuneWardena. The fundraiser is at 4pm-6pm, at 203 Chatauqua Blvd. For more info, email

This Sunday, the MAK Center in West Hollywood is going on an excursion down to Newport Beach for its annual fundraiser. In conjunction with its current PST-related exhibit, Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design, the MAK Center is opening up Rudolph Schindler’s Lovell Beach House. Guests will be taken on a tour of the house in small groups with esteemed docents like KCRW’s Frances Anderton, the LA Times’ Christopher Hawthorne, and the Getty’s Wim de Wit. The MAK is also setting up temporary headquarters on the beach, to provide shade, refreshments…and Frisbees. The event goes on all day, from 10am to 6pm but attendees will be assigned a specific time to tour the house. Tickets are $100 ($80 for the Friends of the MAK Center) and can be purchased here.


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