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of design. The Awards will recognize Northern California architects and designers, artisans and craftsmen, and similar individuals who are contributing to the creation of today's classical and traditional architecture, design and the allied arts. The awards dinner will take place June 12, 2014, at the Carolands in Hillsborough. I invite you to save the date for our Julia Morgan Awards! Please see below for more information.

Another way we are highlighting our anniversary year and classical art and architecture in our local area is through this year’s lecture series called “Best of the Bay Area”, where we will learn about the significant influence of such architectural greats as William Wurster, Joseph Esherick, Arthur Brown Jr., and Willis Polk. These and other events, listed below, are part of the rich educational and social fabric of our ICAA community. We look forward to seeing you there.

Recently, we held a successful kickoff event for our “On the Boards” program. It was held at our offices here at Andrew Skurman Architects as a free event for local ICAA members, giving us a chance to come together, tour the office, and see examples of current classical work being produced. Our plan is to hold more events like this in order to inspire all of us in our support of the classics in our local area.

We thank all of our members and sponsors for the continued enthusiasm and success we enjoy as an organization. Together, we are achieving the Mission of the ICAA: advancing the classical tradition in our regional architecture and arts throughout Northern California.


As we continue to plan our 2014 calendar, please check our website for newly announced On the Boards office tours, education classes and lectures, book signings and other first-class programming and events.




Andrew Skurman

RA ICAA NoCal President

First lecture of 2014, David Bolton, Executive Director of the
California Missions Foundation, will present "Junípero Serra:
His Life, His Legacy and the Missions." The California Missions
Foundation is dedicated to restoring and protecting all 21 mission
structures in California and their contents.
March 6, 2014

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BEST OF THE BAY AREA - LECTURE 2: Dr. Jeffrey Tilman, architectural
historian, will lecture on Arthur Brown Jr., discussing his major works
and the man within his architectural and social context, all highlighted
in Arthur Brown Jr.: Progressive Classicist.

May 7, 2014

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For more information on the ICAA Northern California Chapter or to become an Annual or Event Sponsor please contact us at or call (415) 445-6700

Allan Greenberg was the  featured speaker at our annual Sponsor Appreciation
Evening, honoring our 2013 annual sponsors. The reception and book signing
was hosted by Foster Gwin followed by an illustrated presentation and
dinner at Villa Taverna. 

Concluding the 2013 William Randolph Hearst Lecture Series, Hearst
Castle historian, Victoria Kastner, gave an illustrated lecture and
signed copies of her latest book, "Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy."

This one and a half hour private tour, led by City Hall Docent Tours Director
and Curator of the Centennial Celebration, Ellen Schumer, explored the
magnificent Beaux-Arts architecture designed by Arthur Brown of Bakewell
& Brown. A weekend event free to ICAA members.

The first of the "On the Boards"  series tours, free to ICAA members, was
hosted by Andrew Skurman Architects. Andy spoke about the design and
inspiration behind some of his recent and ongoing projects. Members had 
the chance to peruse his extensive library of books on architecture, art
and interior design and study several scale models and renderings of projects
on display throughout the office.

BEST OF THE BAY AREA - LECTURE 3: Concluding the series,
Dr. Richard Longstreth, Professor of American Studies, speaks on
the career of Willis Polk from the 1880s until his death, discussing a
range of prominent works within the context of architecture of the
Bay Area, also noting his influence during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

September 18, 2014

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Narratives of Manners and Style: The Houses of Cross & Cross: Join
architect and former Chairman of the  Institute of Classical Architecture
& Art, Peter Pennoyer, and architectural historian, Anne Walker,
authors of the new book New York Transformed: The Architecture of
Cross & Cross
, for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important,
but largely forgotten architects, brothers John and Eliot Cross.

May 14, 2014

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BEST OF THE BAY AREA - LECTURE 1: The premiere lecture in
our series, Mitchell Schwarzer, architectural historian, will present
three Bay Area architect-legends. Join us for 
“Classicism Evolves:
Bay Area Mid-Century and Beyond: Dailey, Wurster, and Esherick.”  

April 7, 2014
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The ICAA will partner with the American Decorative Arts Forum for
Richard Guy Wilson's illustrated lecture of his recently published
book Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount.  
Although Wharton
is known as a great novelist, her interest in architecture, landscape
design and interiors is hidden in plain sight in her design books and
even her fiction.

March 11, 2014
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In celebration of our 10th anniversary, the ICAA Northern California
Chapter is pleased to announce our Inaugural Julia Morgan Awards.
The Chapter is establishing these awards to recognize architects
and designers, artisans, students and patrons on a local level for their
excellence in the contemporary practice and support of the
classical traditions.
June 12, 2014

Reserve your table now for the 2014 Arthur Ross Awards in New
York. Created in 1982 to recognize and celebrate excellence in the
classic tradition, it is the National Institute's most prestigious event.

May 5, 2014

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The Northern California Chapter of the ICAA provides this and upcoming newsletters to help
you keep a pulse on what's happening and to let you know about upcoming dates and events.

Dear ICAA Members,

As president of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Northern California Chapter, I am proud to announce that our local chapter is thriving and that chapters around the country are all growing.

First, please join us in celebrating the ICAA Northern California Chapter, as 2014 marks our 10-Year Anniversary. As part of this year’s celebration, we are pleased to announce our Inaugural Julia Morgan Awards Design Competition to recognize contemporary excellence in the classical tradition