Stanford Historical Society presents John Carl Warnecke: His Fascinating Life and Architectural Care

John Carl Warnecke: His Fascinating Life and Architectural Career Paul V. Turner, Wattis Professor of Art, Emeritus Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4 - 5:30 p.m. Free



This is a virtual event. Please register here by May 18 to receive a webinar link to attend the program. The link will be emailed to registered participants the day before the event. John Carl Warnecke, class of 1941, was a Stanford football tackle who went on to become one of the most successful architects in America from the 1960s to the 1980s. This talk will explain the importance of Warnecke’s work, especially his pioneering role in the development of “Contextualism” in architecture––as seen, for example, in his work in Washington, D.C., for John F. Kennedy. Warnecke was the president’s favorite architect, and his friendship with JFK will be examined––as well as his remarkable relationship with Jacqueline Kennedy following the president’s death. Another focus of the talk will be on the important, but little-known, role that Warnecke played in the development of Stanford’s architecture after World War II.  Read more.

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