Thursday, June 7, 2012

Channeling George Ellery Hale: Stefanos Polyzoides speaks June 14th, 2012

Next Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., June 14th, renowned international and Pasadena architect, Stefanos Polyzoides will give a talk about creating a "Liveable Pasadena."

Pasadena has been called the "Athens of the West" in the past, and deservedly so, for its superlatives in the arts, tourism, culture and science. Mt. Wilson Observatory is our Acropolis and we look up to it everyday, in my case for inspiration.

Interestingly, George Ellery Hale, who some think of as the "Father of Pasadena", considered himself the "Solar Priest" (his home, the "Hale Solar Laboratory" at 740 Holladay Drive near Caltech is a National Historic Landmark) and his astronomers as members of the "priestly society." The living quarters for the astronomers on Mt. Wilson is known as the "Monastery" and Dr. Hale held ceremonies there.  Stefanos and his wife live in the very same George Ellery Hale home and I've often joked that he is channeling George to help make Pasadena the best it can be, and since Stefanos is Greek, the phrase "Pasadena is the Athens of the West" takes on a new meaning.

So in a very real sense Pasadena is a spiritual place, not only in the traditional sense of being home to so many churches, but also being home to the many scientific institutions.
Elegant architecture and planning contributes to Pasadena's arts, tourism, culture and science and make Pasadena live up to its reputation.  Come out Thursday evening and hear Stefanos; he is a very inspirational speaker, just as George Ellery Hale was in convincing Pasadena's benefactors including one tough Scotsman Andrew Carnegie, and you will find the future an uplifting place.
When and Where

•Thursday, June 14th at 6:30PM

•Pasadena Presbyterian Church – Gamble Lounge (off the courtyard)

•585 East Colorado Boulevard, between Madison and Oakland

Please RSVP to confirm a place for you at this exciting event! E-mail or call 626.539.3762.

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  1. I would have loved to have attended this lecture. I can't make it through your entire post because I can't read white text on black background , Causes me to see lines between lines. You might enjoy visiting my last three posts. I attended an art event that I bet you'd have liked seeing.

  2. I faintly recall this event, but obviously I didn't recall it in time to go!
    And what PA describes sounds like a symptom common to artists. Unless I'm misremembering. ;)