PROTECTING BUNGALOW SUBURBS:
PRESERVATION ADVOCACY AND GENTRIFICATION

Denise Lawrence-Zuniga

North Brand Boulevard, Casa Verdugo/Glendale (circa 1910).

DATE & TIME

Sunday, May 7  I  1:30 - 2:30 PM

LOCATION

First Church of Christ Scientist
1320 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202

ADMISSION

Free and open to the public.
(Ample free parking on site.)

DETAILS

In this illustrated lecture, cultural anthropologist Denise Lawrence-Zuniga discusses homeowner efforts to salvage and restore 20th-century Craftsman bungalows in five southern California cities. She looks at a variety of restoration efforts and considers the motivations of owners who alter houses to reflect their own ideals and needs as well as owners who undertake long-term projects to return houses to their original forms. 

While a "community" of preservation-minded advocates can press local governments to create protections that help to ensure the revival of a "traditional" residential landscape, not all residents accept the aesthetic values embodied in historic preservation, leaving plenty of room for disagreement and resistance. The results of local historic preservation actions alter not just the landscape, but often transform the socioeconomic composition of neighborhoods as prior populations are displaced. This talk reflects on the tensions that exist in contemporary communities as different groups struggle for their right to shape the built environment.

Denise Lawrence-Zuniga is a Professor in the Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and the author of Protecting Suburban America: Gentrification, Advocacy, and the Historic Imaginary (Bloomsbury 2016).

For more information, email events@glendalehistorical.org.