Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:00pm
LOCATION: James L. Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

2019 Lecture Series
Sponsored by The Wiseman Group Interior Design

Please join us for a Lecture & Book Signing

The San Francisco Civic Center:
A History of the Design, Controversies, and Realization
Of the City Beautiful Masterpiece
With James W. Haas

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
6:00pm Wine reception & Book Signing
7:00pm Lecture
James Leary Flood Mansion, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

$35 Members and Employees of Professional Member Firms
$45 Non-Members
$20 Emerging Professionals and Student Members
$20 Students (with valid I.D.)

San Francisco is known and loved around the world for its iconic man-made structures, such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Yet its Civic Center, with the grandest collection of monumental municipal buildings in the United States, is often overlooked, despite its being an urban planning marvel. Originally planned and designed by John Galen Howard in 1912, the San Francisco Civic Center is considered in both design and materials one of the finest achievements of the American reformist City Beautiful movement, an urban design movement that began more than a century ago.

Please join the ICAA and author James Haas as he recounts the story of San Francisco’s Civic Center and how it became one of the most complete developments envisioned by any American city. A story of perseverance and dysfunction, The San Francisco Civic Center explores why the Civic Center was built, how it became central to the urban planning initiatives of San Francisco in the early twentieth century, and how the site held onto its founders’ vision despite heated public debates about its function and achievement. A local and national treasure, James Haas examines the Civic Center’s vision for the future, related national trends in city planning and the architectural and art movements that influenced those trends.

James W. Haas is an author, attorney, and expert on San Francisco’s Civic Center history and politics. He has lived in San Francisco most of his life and spent more than forty years engaged in civic projects, including the restoration and completion of San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Book: University of Nevada Press, May 2019