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June 26, 2017 -- Frederic P. Lyman, who is the subject of a presentation at the Santa Monica Library next month, is known as a skilled and inventive architect who left few structures behind.

His famous Malibu home, which was apparently built without a single nail, was destroyed in a fire, and most of his work was left in the form of perspective drawings carefully rendered in colored pencil.

Lyman's modest but inspired work is the subject of a presentation by Cory Buckner, an architect and author who served as the architect's apprentice, on Saturday, July 8, at 1:00 p.m.
Cover of The Lyman House by Cory Buckner

The presentation features "a treasure trove" of drawings that accompanied Lyman's work on his own home as well as several Los Angeles commissions during the 1960s and 70s

"Lyman’s colors are abstract and expressive rather than naturalistic, allowing the viewer to feel the grain of wood and the weight of rocks in his compositions," according to a blurb for Buckner’s 2016 book "The Lyman House and the Work of Fredrick P. Lyman."

"While few examples exist of Lyman’s built architecture, his work lives on in the exquisite renderings he prepared for every project that entered his office."

After receiving his Master’s in Architecture from Yale University, Lyman, who was born in 1927, returned to California and purchased a lot in Las Flores Canyon, where he would build his iconic Lyman Residence. The house was destroyed during the 1993 Malibu fires.

In addition to working as an architect, Lyman was active in Malibu politics, serving as president of the Malibu Township Council from 1969 to 1971 and helping launch a campaign to allow Malibu to become an independent city, according to his 2005 obituary in the Malibu Times.

Lyman founded L.A. Architect in 1978 and was president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1982, according to the obituary.

He moved to Minnesota in 1978 to start an architecture school and lived his final years in Taos, New Mexico.

Buckner, whose articles have appeared in numerous general and architectural publications, is well known for her books Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of Modern Utopia (2015, Angel City Press) and A. Quincy Jones (2007, Phaidon).

Lyman, Buckner said, "was to become the major influence of my life introducing me to classic literature, Wagner, and architecture.

"I changed my focus from art to architecture two years after graduating and apprenticed with Lyman in order to get my license.”

The Lyman House and the Work of Fredric P. Lyman will be available for sale and signing by the author.

The library is wheelchair-accessible. For special disabled services, call
Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week prior to the event.

The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, R10, and 18. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.


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