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Preservation Month Millard Sheets Tour!

Hollywood Heritage presents a Memorial Day bus tour to discover the art and architecture of Millard Sheets (1907-1989) with historian Adam Arenson, author of Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Mid-Century Commercial Architecture in California.

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Preservation Month Millard Sheets Tour!
Preservation Month Millard Sheets Tour!

Time & Location

May 30, 2022, 10:00 AM PDT

Los Angeles, 2100 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA


About the Event

The tour, which will begin and end at the Hollywood Heritage museum, will focus on Sheets' work for Howard Ahmanson's Home Savings and Loan buildings adorned with elaborate tile murals depicting the history of California, stained glass and painted murals. Arenson will offer insights at various locations where Sheets' work can be seen in Los Angeles. Brian Worley, who worked in the Sheets' studio in the 1970s will be on the tour to discuss technique and share memories.

Hollywood Heritage is currently seeking landmark designation for the 1968 Hollywood Home Savings and Loan building at 1500 Vine Street, the finale stop on the tour. The building's theme is the history of early Hollywood filmmaking. A cascade of film stars from the silent era, through 1968 are depicted in tile murals on the facade, while their names and those of many more are etched into side panels on these New Formalist mid-century structures. The site includes whimsical stained glass depicting chase scenes in film and a fountain surrounding a Paul Manship (the sculptor who also created Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center) statue. Sheets, who was an influential Pomona born artist known for his work in the California School of painting, was a founder of Otis Art Institute and led the art department at Scripps for decades.

Sheets work was recently in the news, when his tile mural depicting beach life in Santa Monica, was controversially removed from a former bank. Hollywood Heritage believes that the time to preserve Sheets' work is NOW!


$35 Hollywood Heritage Members

$40 Non-Members


9:00 am

Hollywood Heritage Museum and Gift Shop opens for book sales and signing author with Adam Arenson. Attendees are invited to visit the museum exhibits.

10:00 am

Bus tour leaves Hollywood Heritage Museum

2:00 pm (approximately, tour concludes. It will depend on traffic.)

Museum will open again for bathroom use.

Parking is free in the parking lot outside the museum.

There will be a brief snack break at the Farmers Market.


Sheets had a philosophy of the integrated arts, exploring the relationship between art, architecture, dance, and music. He collaborated closely with regional artists and planned for art throughout the design process, rather than placing artwork on a building as an afterthought. He created buildings that connected with the public on an emotional level, often using artwork to depict local or historical themes significant to the community.

(LA Conservancy)


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    +$0.88 service fee
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    +$1.00 service fee
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