Lotusland Benefit

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 19, 2021

Ganna Walska Lotusland and the Lutah Maria Riggs Society are collaborating to screen the award-winning documentary, Lutah – A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design, this Saturday, November 20, at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. 

Lutah Maria Riggs is an integral part of Santa Barbara architectural history. Lotusland’s archives contain several drawings by Lutah for the George Washington Smith projects executed for the Gavit family in the mid-1920s. With stunning footage of some of Santa Barbara’s most iconic structures and a rare glimpse of private homes, the film sheds light on true Santa Barbara treasures. A panel discussion will follow the screening, and will include celebrated architects Deming Isaacson, Marc Appleton, Anthony Grumbine, as well as Lutah Maria Riggs Society Historian Melinda Gandara and Lotusland Research Associate Rose Thomas. Proceeds benefit the Lotusland Pavilion Restoration Project; the pavilion was built by George Washington Smith. 

A patron reception will be held at 5 pm with the screening at 6 pm and panel discussion at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $75 for patron reception and $35 for general admission. All guests are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. For more information, visit www.lobero.org.


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