Dr. Winter Award 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 11:30am-2pm




The Dr. Robert Winter Award is one of the most popular Blinn House Foundation events of the year, and includes a champagne reception, decadent brunch, and the award presentation. Proceeds go directly toward preservation of the 1905 Blinn House.


This year's honorees, Harvey and Ellen Knell, were chosen in recognition of their stewardship of the beautiful Blacker House. The Knells purchased the home in 1994. By that time the home was suffering from deferred maintenance, original Greene and Greene designed furniture, art glass, and lighting fixtures had been sold, and the surrounding gardens significantly reduced through the parceling and sale of various portions of the original five acre estate. One of the "Ultimate Bungalow" masterpieces of Greene and Greene obviously needed stewardship. "It was immediately obvious when you walked in and saw the naked light bulbs. In a funny way, that was what motivated me to buy it. The house needed to be saved." said Ellen in an article published in Old House Interiors. (Clicke here to view article.)  

Piece by piece, they restored and resurrected the home to its original splendor, with the help of many skilled craftsmen including last year's Dr. Winter Award Honoree, Jim Ipekjian, who supervised the restoration work.


Since 2004, the Blinn House Foundation has recognized and honored individuals who have contributed to the appreciation and preservation of local historic resources. Past awardees are Claire Bogaard, Ted Bosley, Bill Ellinger, Tim Gregory, Peyton Hall, Mic Hansen, Jim Ipekjian, Bob Kneisel, John Merritt, Sue Mossman, John Ripley, Ann Scheid, and Dr. Robert "Bob" Winter himself.


Dr. Robert Winter is one of California's leading architectural historians. He is the Arthur G. Coons Professor of the History of Ideas, Emeritus, at Occidental College, Los Angeles. He is particularly known for his contributions to the history of the California branch of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Early in his career he taught at Dartmouth, Bowdoin, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the Occidental faculty in 1963 and retired in 1994.

Winter is the author of numerous books including The California Bungalow (1980), American Bungalow Style (1996), and Batchelder Tilemaker (1999). In addition, he co-authored the enormously popular An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeleswith David Gebhard.

In 2007, Winter was named a Fellow of the international Society of Architectural Historians. Dr. Winter was also a member of the Pasadena's Cultural Heritage Commission, which designated the Blinn House as Pasadena's Cultural Heritage Landmark No. 16 in 1977.

Winter lives in Pasadena in the Ernest Batchelder House that formerly belonged to the tilemaker and his wife Alice Coleman.

Please join us in honoring the Knells and supporting the recognition and preservation of our cultural and historic resources in the Pasadena area. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018
11:30am Reception
12 Noon Brunch

$75 per person

RSVP Required

Questions? Call (626) 796-0560

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