Clare Henry Day and Redlands Architecture
Visitors are invited to discover mid-century modern architecture with Clare Henry Day at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1pm. This event, which marks Day’s 90th birthday, is included in paid museum admission.
An important figure in the Inland Empire architectural history, Clare Day will give a slide presentation using mid-century modern case studies of houses and buildings that he has designed. His projects include Bob’s Gym, Pub. Housing Project 19-8 & 19-9, Lange & Runkel Auto Agency Building, Terrier Gym, Clement Middle School, Cram Elementary School, Mentone Elementary School, Valley Preparatory School, the Assistance League building, Beaver Medical Clinic, and Redlands Swim Club.
“Examining mid 20th century architecture is a fascinating way to learn more about art, the built environment, and society at that time,” said Curator of History Michele Nielsen. “It will be terrific to have a master in our midst. Mr. Day’s local body of work is extensive, and evocative. His lecture will be a terrific opportunity for those interested in this time in our history, and in modern architecture at a local level.”
Born on November 6, 1920 in Fort Lewis, Washington, Clare received his BS in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1950. He was recognized by the Architectural Society of Ohio and received AIA Certificate Award the same year. In 1952, he relocated to Redlands and opened his first architectural firm.
His works quickly began to mold the new architectural face of Redlands reflecting the Modernist spirit of the 1950s and 1960s, crediting R. M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, and Frank Lloyd Wright as influences on his work. His commissions are spread widely throughout the city, including commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential works. In 1954, he received a Progressive Architecture award citation for the San Bernardino Public Library.
Clare has given freely of his time and talents throughout his life. He established the Inland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1955, and served as the chapter secretary-treasurer, vice president, president, and director. He also served on the Board of the California Architectural Foundation, American Institute of Architects (District), and the California Architectural Foundation.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student) and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.
The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is (909) 307-2669 ext. 229 or TDD (909) 792-1462.