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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Neutra Lecture at Silver Lake Library Draws Standing Room Only Crowd

A standing-room-only crowd greeted Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra, youngest son of architect Richard Neutra and his wife Peggy Bauhus on Saturday, February 13th as the two presented “From Vienna to Silver Lake: Why Richard and Dione Neutra decided to be Americans” in a lecture at the new Silver Lake Library.

Dr. Neutra, with wife Peggy Bauhaus read from letters written by his parents, during the time that his father first came to America to explore its possibilities, while his young bride stayed home in Vienna. Afterwards, participants were invited to tour the VDL Research House. Architect Dion Neutra gave a fine lecture on the house that he and his brothers called home during their youth.

The VDL Research House, located in Silver Lake, is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The house was bequeathed to California Polytechnic University at Pomona after Richard and Dione’s deaths. It is administered by the Cal Poly Foundation, and managed by the College of Environmental Design.

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