CSUB Walter Stiern Library to present “Life of an Architect”

The CSUB Walter Stiern Library presents “Life of an Architect: Charles Biggar and the Building of Kern County.” The historical presentation will be given by Walter Stiern Library Archivist Chris Livingston, as part of the Walter Presents Series, and will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at 3pm in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library.

Livingston will trace the education and career of Charles H. Biggar and his influence on Bakersfield and California architecture. The presentation tells the story of how a kid from Danville, Ohio developed a passion for architecture through education and apprenticeships in the United States and France. As his career developed, cities such as Los Angeles and Bakersfield benefited from his passion in the form of schools, libraries, churches, and civic structures. He was instrumental in bridging "old school" architectural design and urban planning with modern techniques. Join us for an afternoon for a glimpse into how historians apply research for the public good.

“Those who attend this historical presentation will catch a glimpse of historic Bakersfield and will learn the importance of that historical architecture has on communities,” said Livingston. “Archives are the memory of the important social movements, events, and cultural history of our region. Without the documents, recorded documentation and other materials that are collected by archives, the memory is lost.” 

The Walter Presents series is offered at least once a quarter and includes readings, lectures, performances and exhibits. The presentations are free and open to the public. Regular parking fees apply.


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