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Lecture by Preservation Architect Ann Abernathy, AIA, ’72

The Wellesley Club of Dallas is delighted to invite you to a special lecture by preservation architect Ann Abernathy, AIA, Class of ’72:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Timeless Treasure in Dallas:  The Kalita Humphreys Theater

Saturday, January 25, 2 pm
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd, Suite 1100
Dallas, TX  75219

Learn about the significance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s only freestanding theater, built for the Dallas Theater Center and cutting-edge director Paul Baker, along the George Kessler-planned Turtle Creek corridor in the heart of Dallas. This talk will uncover the original Wright design of the cutting-edge theater, and reveal the ways it reflected his design philosophy from a seventy-year career.  Discover the exciting possible future for a revitalized theater and site from the original master plan – including theater design, landscape, and architecture considerations.  Hear about the comprehensive public process that synthesized the wishes of the Dallas community to improve and enhance the theater and its site, as well as the current status of the privately funded update to that Plan.

A practicing architect since 1979, Ann Abernathy has devoted her career to enlivening our relationships with the built environment. She has taught architectural design at MIT, and at the School of the Art Institute while in Chicago.  Ann was project architect for the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Oak Park, Illinois, where her work was recognized with the AIA’s National Honor Award.   Ann led the effort to secure City of Dallas Historic Landmark designation for the Kalita Humphreys Theater building in May 2005. While at Booziotis & Co. Architects, she led a multi-disciplinary team of cross-national consultants in developing The Dallas Theater Center Master Plan, which was completed in 2010.

Please RSVP to Katie Wingate ‘10, after which we will send more detailed directions and parking instructions for an adjacent visitor garage.  Guests welcome.