Cal Historical Society Panama-Pacific Discussion featured in San Francisco Magazine

Delirious City

In April, BCV Principal Hans Baldauf, Marc L’Italien (Principal, EHDD) and Jay Turnbull (Principal, Page & Turnbull) took part in a panel discussion at the California Historical Society on the continued impact of the visionary Panama-Pacific International Exposition architects. The sold-out event, Inventiveness and Innovation: Contemporary architects discuss the Influence and Impacts of Architecture and Architects of the 1915 World’s Fair, was moderated by John King, the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic.

San Francisco Magazine editor Gary Kamiya, writing about the PPIE’s centenary, noted the April event in a recent article for the magazine’s June issue. In it, he stated

It’s unlikely that any of the 19 million people who visited the Jewel City during its 288 days of existence ever forgot it. It was like taking a trip to Rome, Istanbul, Paris, and the moon—simultaneously. As architect Hans Baldauf pointed out in an April symposium on the fair’s legacy hosted by the California Historical Society, the PPIE’s architects were given the rare opportunity to design not just the buildings themselves but also the spaces between the buildings. As a result, each of the fair’s great squares—the mighty Court of the Universe, the exquisite Court of the Ages, the peaceful Court of Palms—possessed an aesthetic unity worthy of great public spaces like the Piazza Navona.”

You can read the full article on SFMag’s website.