The MAF Bookstore is pleased to present a conversation between Adam Arenson and Laura MacDonald, two scholars whose research explores the life and work of Millard Sheets, designer of the Los Angeles Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, now the Marciano Art Foundation. On the occasion of the publication of Arenson’s new book, Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California, the pair will discuss Sheet’s architectural career, as well as his design of the building for the Freemasons.
Video of the event
About the scholars
California native Adam Arenson is an associate professor of history and director of the urban studies program at Manhattan College. He has written or coedited three previous books on the history of the American West and the politics and culture of US cities, including the award-winning The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War. Arenson has also written for the history blogs of several national publications, including the New York Times.
Laura MacDonald trained as an archaeologist at San Francisco State University and Cabrillo College, but was lured into getting her master’s degree in Historic Preservation at University of Southern California after seeing dozens of similarly charming little white bank buildings spread all over California. Upon discovering the designer of those buildings was Millard Sheets she wrote her thesis, “The Iconic Millard Sheets Designed Scottish Rite Masonic Temple of Los Angeles, California: Reuse of a Mid-Century Modern Fraternal Building.”