Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:30am
LOCATION: 1150 Estates Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549

Please join the Northern California Chapter
for an exclusive members-only tour

The Piraneseum Collection
Saturday, September 8th, 2018


Group size is limited and you must be an ICAA Member.
Pre-registration required.
Arrive and Greeting 10:30am
Tour 11:00am
Wine Reception & Light Lunch 12:00pm

Home of Lucia Howard
1150 Estates Drive
Lafayette, CA 94549

During the 17th and 18th centuries, generations of wealthy young English lords took the "Grand Tour" of Europe to better understand their world and prepare for their role in it. With tourists, of course, came the need for souvenirs. The most well-to-do visitors returned with crates of Italian antiquities – bronze and marble statuary, fragments of ancient buildings, antique relics of every type, as well as paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts fashioned by Italian Renaissance and later masters. During the 19th century, the advent of mass transit made the Grand Tour accessible to greater numbers of travelers, including those crossing the Atlantic Ocean. As the Grand Tour's itinerary evolved, so too did the journey's keepsakes, particularly in models and decorative arts representing Rome's ancient and Baroque architecture.

Please join the ICAA for an exclusive private tour to explore the fascinating world of Piraneseum. The most extensive collection of Grand Tour objects in the world, Board member Lucia Howard guides us through her collection of over three hundred antique architectural souvenirs, 17th and 18th century paintings, Piranesi drawings and etchings of ruins, both realistic and fully imaginary, as well as lavish, gold-finished bronze models of Rome’s signal landmarks - the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, the Arch of Constantine, Lateran Obelisk, and others. The 20th century souvenir building collection of 4000 miniatures will also be on view. A visit to the widely published gardens, with sculptures set into an extensive collection of cactus and palms, will conclude the tour.

Piraneseum partners Lucia Howard and David Weingarten are noted architects and have designed memorable buildings and interiors in a variety of styles and scales, including works domestic and public. They were twice included among the AD100 – Architectural Digest’s list of the world’s foremost architects. Lucia and David possess extensive experience with the paintings, models, graphic works, and decorative arts forming Piraneseum. Objects from their world-leading collection of souvenir architectural miniatures have formed exhibitions at museums across the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the City of New York, and Octagon Museum in Washington, D. C.