GARDEN GROVE — The Arboretum and the Tower of Hope on the campus of Christ Cathedral will be the subjects of an afternoon architecture tour, lecture and reception hosted by the modern design preservation group Docomomo US and its local chapter Docomomo US/SoCal on Jan. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The event, titled “Modernism for the Masses: Richard Neutra’s Drive-In Church,” also will include tours of Christ Cathedral.
Tours of all three structures will run concurrently and guests also are invited to a late afternoon wine and cheese reception in the campus’ Cultural Center, designed by Richard Meier in 2003.
The Arboretum, designed by the renowned architect Richard Neutra and built in 1961, was the Rev. Robert Schuller’s first church. The restoration of the structure earned a Docomom US Modernism in America Award Citation of Merit in 2014.
The adjacent Tower of Hope, also designed by Neutra and built in 1968, is now in full use by the Diocese of Orange after undergoing a meticulous restoration that was completed in late 2014.
Christ Cathedral, designed by Philip Johnson and built in 1980, is currently undergoing extensive renovation, which is expected to be completed in 2017.
The day’s speakers will include author, architect and historian Barbara Lamprecht; architectural historian Daniel Paul; Rob Neal, a member of the Architecture and Renovation Committee for Christ Cathedral; and Liz Waytkus, Executive Director of Docomomo US.
Tickets for the architecture tour, lecture and reception are $25 for Docomomo US members and $30 for non-members For more details and tickets, go to docomomo-us-org.