In February 2016 the 4th International Iconic Houses Conference, “A California State of Mind: The Modern House Museum in Southern California,” was hosted by the GCI and the Getty Foundation at the Getty Center. The event was attended by more than 120 stewards and professionals involved in the conservation of many of the world's most important modern houses.
The three-day lecture and tour program offered a variety of perspectives on the current state of twentieth-century house museums in Southern California, with talks by distinguished architects, architectural historians, nonprofit organizations, owners, directors, conservation architects, and curators. There were tours of a number of iconic Los Angeles–area homes, including the Eames House, John Lautner's Sheats Goldstein residence, and the home of the conference's guest of honor Harry Gesner.
The GCI hosted two workshops for conference participants. The first, on conservation management plans, discussed how to use this internationally recognized tool to provide a framework for the care and conservation of historic places based on an understanding of their significance. The second workshop focused on securing sustainable funding for small house museums—a top challenge for those responsible for their care.
For more information on the Iconic Houses Network, visit their website: iconichouses.org.