Historic Place of the Month - August 2012

The August Historic Place of the Month was:

The Park Moderne Pump House

The Park Moderne Pump House was designed by Jock Peters and is one of the few reminders of the original design intent of the developers of Park Moderne. Peters was responsible for the design of the clubhouse and swimming pool, the pump house, and a series of fountains and ponds in Park Moderne. He was best known for designing the interiors of Bullock’s Wilshire in Los Angeles and Hollander Shops in New York City, but he was much more than an interior designer. Of German birth, Peters was an architect, furniture designer, and art director for motion pictures. He was one of several avant-garde European designers to immigrate to southern California around World War I. His circle of friends included the likes of Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler (who designed several cottages in Park Moderne), and Kem Weber. His first job in southern California was as the art director for Famous Players/Laskey. Prior to Park Moderne, Peters assisted William Lingenbrink (the developer of Park Moderne) with the development of Silver Strand Beach near Oxnard.

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