Architect topic of book, lecture

The life and times of Rancho Santa Fe architect Lilian J. Rice (1889-1938) will be discussed through a multimedia presentation by local author/historian Diane Welch from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla.

Welch is recognized as the world’s expert on Rice, who was a pioneer in the then male-dominated field of architecture.

Welch said Rice’s intelligent design and fine artistry is evident throughout her work, “as though her creative spirit has remained in the walls of her buildings.” Welch’s presentation, subtitled, “How the ghost of you clings,” aims to “resurrect Rice” by bringing her personality to life and thus telling her story to the world.

Welch will show some 200 images of Rice-influenced buildings around San Diego, accompanied by music from the 1930s. These buildings were recently photographed by Paul Body, Gary Conaughton, Darren Edwards, Bertocchini Photography and Juliana Welch.

The presentation will also highlight Rice plans and elevations re-created by Christopher Real, Monique Parsons and Vanessa Vanbeusekom, along with Rice renderings reproduced by Sara Motamedi.

These images are all part of an architectural autobiography that Welch has written, which will be released by Schiffer Publishing next spring. “Lilian J. Rice: Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, California” will be the inaugural book about Rice, and it represents the fruits of four years of Welch’s research.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested by calling Catherine Greene at (858) 552-1657.