LITTLE ISLAND - BIG IDEAS
A Free Lecture Series on the
Past, Present and Future of Treasure Island
Presented by the Treasure Island Museum
Gain a unique perspective on the architectural history and San Francisco politics of the mid-1930s through the lens of three little-known alternative plans for the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair. more ...
"Little Island - Big Ideas" continues:
Feb. 27: The Fair that Never Was
April 30: Magic City 2.0: An Update
The lecture series is presented on Treasure Island, in historic Building One (except as noted), on a Saturday at 10:30 am.
Register for the series to be notified as lectures are scheduled.
Treasure Island is easily accessible by bus or car. Free parking in front of Building One, the large semicircular building on the right just inside the main gate.
While you're here that day, visit Treasure Island Flea!
"Little Island - Big Ideas" is presented by the Treasure Island Museum Association with support from the Treasure Island Development Authority and The Winery - SF on Treasure Island.
Feb. 27 The Fair That Never Was: Richard Neutra, Joseph Strauss,
Henry Murphy and the 1939 World's Fair
Gain a unique perspective on the architectural history and San Francisco politics of the mid-1930s through the lens of three little-known alternative plans for the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair.
Richard Neutra offered a dazzling design for a fair in South Basin. Part of a local effort at boosterism, Neutra studied the site, proposed an entire theme, drew up the scheme, and produced a broadside to publicize it--all intended to undercut the idea to house the fair on an artificial island on the shoals of Yerba Buena Island. Likewise, Joseph Strauss, recovering from a nervous breakdown after his work on the Golden Gate Bridge, created a competing plan that would have tied into his bridge and site of the 1915 fair. A third architect, Henry Murphy, designed an alternate scheme for Treasure Island as a simulacrum of the Pacific housed in a colossal pagoda.
These three, along with a plan by Bernard Maybeck, show a range of possibilities that illuminate the period's architectural thinking and San Francisco's planning process for the Golden Gate International Exposition.
Speaker: Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, whose book, Into the Void Pacific: Building the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair, was published last year.
March 19:* Guns, Gangsters and the Gayway! Treasure Island Noir
Enjoy a unique visit to Treasure Island’s 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition with award-winning crime fiction author Kelli Stanley, along with her heroine, the ex-escort, former Spanish Civil War nurse and iconoclastic private eye Miranda Corbie.
Kelli's best-selling and award-winning series of literary noir novels plunge the reader into a fully-realized past, from the scent of Shalimar in smoky night clubs to the murky world of "flesh shows" on Treasure Island's Gayway. The GGIE and Treasure Island play major roles in both plot and character, and Kelli’s noirish take on the celebrated “Pageant of the Pacific” is not to be missed.
Join her in a discussion of the in-depth research and inspiration behind her stories and preview what's in store for Miranda and the GGIE in the series’ fourth novel, City of Sharks.
Kelli Stanley has received the Macavity and Golden Nugget awards for her Miranda Corbie books, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and was named a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in Publisher’s Weekly. She holds a Master’s degree in Classics, lives in San Francisco, and prefers her bourbon neat.
(* - This lecture was originally scheduled for September 2015.)
April 30: Magic City 2.0: An Update
As the long-awaited redevelopment of Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands gets underway, the developer will present new details of the plan and discuss how the vision will start to be realized.
Speaker: Julian Pancoast, Lennar
Dates and times are subject to change. To keep informed, please register.
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