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SBTHP Presents Reginald Johnson’s Contribution to Santa Barbara’s Identity

March 31, 2016

(Santa Barbara, CA) – Please join the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) for a lecture by Professor of Architecture Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., Architect Marc Appleton and SBTHP Curator, Rose Thomas on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Casa de la Guerra, (15 East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara), for presentations on the architect Reginald Johnson’s significance to the profession of architecture and his contribution to the community of Santa Barbara. The panel will offer individual presentations with time afterward for questions and discussion. This evening is part of a series of programs supporting the exhibit Building Community:  Reginald D. Johnson, Architect at Casa de la Guerra.


Reginald Johnson was a Pasadena architect who contributed to the development of Santa Barbara’s architectural identity. His private and public projects gave architectural form to the ideals espoused by community leaders. As such, the public response to Johnson’s local projects was filtered through its own search for an architecture that was responsive to social, cultural and environmental conditions.


Lauren Weiss Bricker is professor of architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she co-coordinates the historic preservation program, and is director of the Environmental Archives-Special Collections. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council for Historic Preservation and was chair of California’s State Historical Resources Commission. She writes on American architecture and historic preservation, and has curated several architectural exhibitions.


Marc Appleton, Principal of the architectural firm Appleton, LLP with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, has received numerous awards for his design work. A graduate of Harvard with a MA from the Yale School of Architecture, Marc has also published several books including George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrap Book and is working on three forthcoming books, one on architect Reginald Johnson.


Rose Thomas has taught a course on Santa Barbara Architecture and coordinated architectural tours through SBCC Continuing Education for over 25 years. She was a participant in the documentary on architect Lutah Maria Riggs; Lutah – A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design and she has guest curated several exhibits, including the current exhibit, Building Community about Reginald Johnson for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.




Reginald Johnson’s Contribution to Santa Barbara’s Identity

Presentations by Lauren Weiss Bricker, Marc Appleton and Rose Thomas

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Casa de la Guerra, 15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Admission

For more information: Visit or call (805) 965-0093


Building Community: Reginald D. Johnson, Architect

Exhibit Dates: Friday, March 11 – Sunday, September 18, 2016

First Thursday: April 7, 2016 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE EVENT 

Location: Casa de la Guerra, 15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara

$5 Museum Admission

For more information: Visit or call (805) 965-0093


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