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Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Traditional bungalow, early 20th century, USA.


A new lecture titled “The Bungalow: Simple Life to High Style,” is set for March 20th. San Diego-based Architectural historian Diane Kane will recount the transformation of the bungalow from its humble origins in rural India to a High Style artistic domicile.

Along the way, discover the bungalow’s role in California and La Jolla as a seaside vacation shelter, affordable housing, trolley suburb icon, and Bohemian object of desire.

Hear Dr. Kane address the question: “How did the 'Simple Life' become so expensive?" This event is free, and doors open at 7 pm at La Jolla Historical Society. 780 Prospect Street, La Jolla.

Illustration of a bungalow in India, 1876

Diane Kane, an Architectural Historian in Southern California, shares galleries of images she has photographed or culled from sources for her classes and lectures. They include: 19th C. Technology, Arts & Crafts, Beaux Arts, Early Christian, Egypt, French and English Gothic, Neo-Classical, Gothic Revival, Art Nouveau, Rococo, Roman Architecture, Greek Architecture, Early Renaissance, High Renaissance Architecture, and Picturesque.

Diane Kane is a former Senior Planner from the City of San Diego, where she handled large-scale historical surveys as part of the long range planning process. Previously, she was the Heritage Resources Coordinator for Caltrans in Los Angeles, where she conducted environmental review of historic properties.

Specializing in 19th and 20th Century architectural history and urban planning, Dr. Kane holds an MA in Art History from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Architectural History from UC Santa Barbara. She has taught these subjects at several colleges and universities, including the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, the Design Institute, SDSU, UCLA, University of Redlands, and Cal Poly, Pomona. As a Trustee and Vice-President of Programs for the California Preservation Foundation, she is a frequent contributor to CPF conferences, workshops and webinars.

For volunteer work associated with the La Jolla Historical Society’s efforts to save the La Jolla Post Office, Dr. Kane was named Save Our Heritage Organisation’s 2014 “Preservationist of the Year.”

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