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Fairy Tale, Disneyesque, Hansel and Gretel - America's Whimsical Homes of the 1920s

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 7p.m.
Location: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland


Fairy Tale, Disneyesque, Hansel and Gretel—these are all synonyms for Storybook Style, a rambunctious evocation ofmedieval Europe, and surely the most delightful home style of the twentieth century. It appeared in the early 1920s, andwas almost forgotten by the late 1930s. Storybook Style houses were created by architects and builders with a distinctflair for theater, a love of fine craftsmanship, and not least a good sense of humor—attributes that make these homesendearing to the tech-weary modern eye. Join architect and author Arrol Gellner on a visual romp through the Storybookera.


Arrol Gellner is a practicing architect and frequent writer on architectural subjects. He has authored three books onhistoric architecture, as well as the long-running nationally syndicated column Architext, which is now available in blogform at . He maintains offices in Emeryville as well as near Shanghai, China, where hespends his summers indulging a penchant for heat and humidity.