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Film screening, The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat

December 4, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: $12 ($8, BSA Members and Friends of BSA Space)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Film screening, The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat

Join us for another portrayal of one of America’s greatest architects: Richard Neutra. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat explores how Neutra, considered the “father of California Modern architecture,” came to befriend this modest small-town family and how he was inspired by the site’s stunning desert setting, which Neutra compared with the grandness of the mystical Gobi Desert.

This screening will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 4, at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) and is the third film in the 2015–2016 BSA Space Film Series documenting some of the ways that architecture and design can engage communities, inspire vision, and provoke change. Complimentary refreshments and popcorn will be served. All proceeds from the series support the BSA Foundation


In 1959, a government employee named Richard Oyler, living in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California, asked world-famous Modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To Oyler’s surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that led to the design and construction of an iconic Mid-Century Modern masterpiece.

Now owned by actress Kelly Lynch and her writer-producer husband Mitch Glazer, the post and beam–style home and its exotic surroundings shine through beautiful cinematography, and the story comes to life through interviews with Richard Oyler, Kelly Lynch, Neutra’s sons, and well-known Los Angeles real estate agent Crosby Doe, who has represented homes designed by some of history’s greatest Modern architects.

NOTE: The filmmakers would like to acknowledge a minor error in the film. The Elrod House was the home of James Bond character Willard Whyte, a reclusive millionaire in Diamonds Are Forever, not Dr. No’s house.

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