Santa Monica Lookout
|Bette Davis Home to Host Santa Monica Conservancy Salon||
By Lookout Staff
October 4, 2016 -- A former home of legendary actress Bette Davis will host the Santa Monica Conservancy's Fall Salon this month, organization officials announced this week.
The two-story Spanish Colonial Revival home overlooking the Riviera Country Club was designed for Donald Armstrong in 1926 by architect John Byers, whose clients included many stars of the silver screen, officials said.
The Salon will feature a tour of the estate, a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres and a talk about the house's architect by Dr. Ken Breisch, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture and a former Santa Monica planning commissioner.
The house, which was altered in 1934 for American humorist and columnist Irvin S. Cobb, includes a new wing and tiled courtyard added by the current owners that was designed "in the spirit of Byers architecture," Conservancy officials said.
"The interiors of this special house retain many signature characteristics of Byers’ work, including handmade terra cotta floor tiles incised by workmen’s fingers, hand-carved wood beams, wrought iron decoration, tiled wall murals and a tile-faced stairway," officials wrote in a statement.Byers is said to have discovered his architectural talent while working as a translator between a homeowner and Mexican craftsmen helping construct an adobe home in Brentwood, officials said.
Advanced purchase required by October 20. Tickets are $150 for members; $175 for non-members. Those who join or upgrade to the Leadership Circle will receive two complimentary tickets.
Proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s educational programs. Those purchasing by check should mail the payment to the Santa Monica Conservancy at P.O. Box 653, Santa Monica, 90406.
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