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NEW FILM UNDER WAY FROM LALH/HOTT PRODUCTIONS!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 | Posted by lalh

California modernist Ruth Shellhorn (1909–2006) was one of the region’s most prolific and talented practitioners. Establishing her practice during the Depression, Shellhorn is perhaps best remembered for her Bullock’s department stores that defined a new post-war shopping experience of luxury and leisure.

Shellhorn in drafting room at Oregon State, c. 1930.

Shellhorn in drafting room at Oregon State, c. 1930. Comras collection.

In 1955 Shellhorn was hired to create a plan and plantings for Disneyland, and a year later, took a post at University of California at Riverside as supervising landscape architect. Over the course of her long career, she also designed many private gardens in the Los Angeles area.

Hixon Garden, Pasadena, Calif., 1979.

Hixon Garden, Pasadena, Calif., 1979. Photograph by Ruth Shellhorn. Courtesy Library Special Collections, UCLA.

The new film will feature footage of Shellhorn’s projects and an interview with Kelly Comras, author of Ruth Shellhorn, the first book in the LALH Masters of Modern Landscape Design series, coming next spring. Four films in the LALH North America by Design series are now viewable at lalh.org.

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in collaboration with architect Welton Becket.

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in collaboration with architect Welton Becket. Photograph by Julius Shulman. Courtesy Getty Research Institute.

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