Join authors Ron and Barbara Marshall for a fascinating and informative lecture about one of the least appreciated but most readily recognized of midcentury building materials: concrete screen block. Using many historical and rare images from their new book Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern, the Marshalls explain how screen block exploded onto the architectural scene in the late 1950s, reached its peak at the 1964 New York World's Fair and slowly diminished in popularity into the 1970s. During its heyday, screen block was offered in over 250 designs, some verging on the sculptural. The clever marketing of screen block as "fashionable" is examined as well as later marketing attempts to find new uses for the material. Screen block continues to exert an influence on popular culture to this day and has seen a mini-revival in popularity as it has been appropriated by a host of talented artists and designers including Jonathan Adler, Trina Turk and many others. This lecture is generously underwritten by Hedge Vintage | Eclectic Furnishings.
The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area." PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.