Institute for Philosophy & the Arts'
Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]

THE SALON ON THE SPIRITUALLY CREATIVE LIFE

Welcome Everyone!
Our 26th Year Continues... on Zoom!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on
Sunday, October 9, 2022 Via Zoom

To discuss life's essential treasure
illuminated throughout her book
Under the Bridges at Arroyo del Rey

LOVE

With Main Presentation
"This Old House: A Love Affair
with a Residential Treasure"

Presented by
Chuck and Geneva Thornton
with Jan Furey Muntz, Architect, LEED AP
Directed by Curtis McElhinney, Documentary Filmmaker

Thornton Gardens, the ninety-four-year old home in San Marino, California, by legendary architect Myron Hunt is a dream. Yet there is much to owning and preserving and further developing such a grand property. Chuck and Geneva Thornton, through film and conversation with esteemed architect Jan Furey Muntz and moderated by awarded filmmaker/photographer Curtis McElhinney, reveal why this decades-long odyssey has become their most enduring legacy and one for which they have nothing but abundant gratitude.

 

Scroll Down for:
Morning's Agenda
Speakers' Bio
Zoom Info
Lyrics for Today's Songs
2022 Salon Dates/Themes

 

9:30 am Pacific Standard Time
Zoom Room Arrivals and
Himalayan Singing Bowls by Healing Arts Practitioner
Janet Martorello

 

10 am until noon – Program

  

Meditation
with

Nan Rae

Artist/Teacher/Author

 

Opening Song
"Love One Another"
Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS

Composer/Singer/Instrumentalist

 

Salute to Birthdays
with
Graham Lance Richardson
Retired Realtor and Licensed Plumber & Gas Fitter,
Certified Welder to 100%

 

Main Presentation:

“This Old House: A Love Affair
with a Residential Treasure"

presented by
Chuck and Geneva Thornton
with
Jan Furey Muntz, Architect, LEED AP
Directed by Curtis McElhinney, Documentary Filmmaker

Outsiders view it as a fairy-tale come true. And this ninety-four-year old home by legendary architect Myron Hunt [his other masterpieces include Huntington Library, Pasadena Public Library, the Rose Bowl] is a dream. Yet there is much to owning and preserving and further developing such a grand property, as its owners for the past thirty-five years, Chuck and Geneva Thornton, can attest. With esteemed architect Jan Furey Muntz and moderated by awarded filmmaker/ photographer Curtis McElhinney, the Thorntons reveal the reason why this decades-long odyssey, though demanding more than they ever could have imagined, has become their most enduring legacy and one for which they have nothing but abundant gratitude.

And their legacy is one that will continue giving to all of us -- for the Thorntons have bequeathed their Thornton Gardens to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Chuck will take us on a historical tour of the house from its creation to his work in bringing the home back to its original glory.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Chuck and Geneva Thornton, architect Jan Furey Muntz, and documentary filmmaker and photographer Curtis McElhinney.

 

Music Interlude
by
Douglas Decker
Recording Engineer/Musician
"I Cross My Heart"

 

Followed by Discussion

Leading us off as we share our thoughts on LOVE:
Russell Brown, Founder, FORT: LA [Friends of Residential Treasures Los Angeles]

Raymond Neutra, MD, whose professional path has been in epidemiology and environmental public health, but who also consulted with his father, architect Richard Neutra, will give us an update on Neutra Institute

Tavo Olmos and Nick Neutra - video of Tavo and Nick playing mandolin and guitar for Dion & Lynn Neutra at their home a few years ago. The Neutras were Salon regulars for more than twenty years, and Dion was a Main Presenter. Video will be introduced by Tavo -- and Nick too if he can zoom in from his Dion Neutra designed home in Roatan, Honduras

All are invited to participate - just "raise your hand"
so that Curtis McElhinney will call on you.

 

Finale
"I Love You, Salon Stars"
Susie Katharine Shaw
Actress/Vocalist

 

To conclude Susie will lead us in Richard King's favorite
Native American Prayer

 


About Our Speakers
 

Chuck and Geneva Thornton Chuck and Geneva Thornton

Chuck and Geneva Thornton live in San Marino, California. In 1989, they purchased the home which has become known as Thornton Gardens. They have undertaken an extensive restoration and renovation of the house and property over the past thirty-five years.

 

Jan Furey Muntz, Architect, LEED AP Jan Furey Muntz, Architect, LEED AP

Jan Furey Muntz is an Architect and Historian working on a project for FORT: LA [Friends of Residential Treasures/Los Angeles]. It is a series of films by documentarian/ videographer Curtis McElhinney on five of Myron Hunt’s Historic Residential Treasures. She holds a BS and BArch from USC with experience in design, project management, teaching, architectural history, research, and construction, also ten years as Computer Systems Analyst in General Electric’s Missile and Space Division before USC. She served eight years in Design Review and Development as a Commissioner for the City of Pasadena, chairing Design and Cultural Heritage Commissions, Street Tree Committee, and various ad hoc committees and task forces.

Most notably, she was Guest Curator and author for distinguished architectural exhibits:

  • Assistant Curator – Dialogs and Interventions - 2006 at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
  • Los Angeles: The Third City 1900-1939 exhibit - 1994 at Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, City of Los Angeles with Jay Belloli, Elizabeth Moule, and Stefanos Polyzoides.
  • Reginald Johnson, Gordon Kaufmann and Roland Coate exhibit and publication - 1992 at Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, funded by a NEA grant.
  • Wallace Neff Exhibit and publication - 1989 at the Huntington Library and Art Gallery -Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, San Marino, California, funded by a NEA grant.
  • Myron Hunt – a Search for a Regional Architecture exhibit and publication- 1984 at Caltech Baxter Art Gallery, Pasadena, California, funded by a NEA grant.
  • Selected Lectures: California Preservation Moderator, Pasadena; Gamble House Lecture Series; Scripps College, CalTech, Huntington Library; California Preservation Conference, Los Angeles; the Gamble House; Tshingua University, Beijing; House of Architects, Moscow; House of Scientists, Novisibersk.
  • Guest Curator with Alson Clark for Myron Hunt Exhibit at Pomona College.
  • General Electric Missile and Space Division:
    Ten years experience as machine language programmer and systems designer. On the design team of the Nimbus Weather Satellite System, responsible for first successful on-line gridding, superimposing latitude and longitude lines on space photographs of the earth in real time, now commonly seen on television news broadcasts. Design team member, programmer, and author of operating manual for the first commercial time sharing system-utilizing FORTRAN.

Select Publications

  • Jan Furey Muntz et al, "Pomona Development". Lusk Review for Real Estate Development and Urban Transformation. Spring, 1997. Point Arena, California: Solano Press.
  • Jan Furey Muntz, "Gordon B. Kaufmann, FAIA- California Classicism". Johnson, Kaufmann, & Coate, Partners in the California Style. March, 1992. Claremont: Scripps College.
  • Jan Furey Muntz, "Bubbles for Defense" and "Architectural Projects". Wallace Neff, the Romance of Regional Architecture. 1989. San Marino: The Huntington Library
  • Jan Furey Muntz, Producer for cable TV: Women and the Built Environment; Director John D. Helmore, City of Los Angeles, Department of Telecommunication, 1989 for Association for Women in Architecture
  • Jan Furey Muntz, "The Rose Bowl” and "Architectural Projects by Myron Hunt, FAIA", in Myron Hunt-1868-1952, the Search for a Regional Architecture. California Architecture and Architects, No. IV, David Gebhard, Editor, Los Angeles, 1984.
  • Jan Furey Muntz, Remote Terminal Manual. General Electric Missile and Space Division

Professional Affiliations

  • Past Member: Pasadena City Hall Restoration and Seismic Retrofit Oversight Committee Named on Brass Plaque at west entrance to City Hall
  • Project Advisory Team to FEMA and SHPO – City Hall Interpretive Display Project
  • Pasadena & Foothill/AIA, board member & Chair - Government Affairs Committee
  • Mayor’s Civic Center Implementation Task Force - Past Chair: Pasadena Design Commission
    Pasadena Blue Line Station Design Review Committee, Pasadena Cultural Heritage Commission
  • Old Pasadena Streetscape & Alleyways Committee
  • Chair LA AIA Architect Exchange Program with Russia
  • Past president Association for Women in Architecture

"I am excited to share the story of the restoration of a most significant residential treasure, Thornton Gardens, thanks to the skill and generosity of Geneva and Charles Thornton." -- Jan Furey Muntz

 


For the time being, the Salon will continue to meet on Zoom. When appropriate, we will meet in person once again at Arroyo del Rey.


For access to the Salon on Zoom:

This meeting is being hosted by Zoom.
There is no charge to use this service.

Before the Salon on Sunday:
You will need to either go to the Zoom website, www.zoom.us, and register for a free account to access this meeting through your web browser or download and install the Zoom application on your device.

If you download the application to your device, you do NOT need to register for a free account. To download the Zoom application, click on this link... https://zoom.us/download

For any questions or assistance,
email Curtis McElhinney at Curtis@curtisvision.com


LYRICS

 

"Love One Another"
Melody and first verse by: Luacine Clark Fox 1914-2002.
2nd and 3rd verse: Dean LeGrand Carlston

As I have Loved you, Love One Another.
This New Commandment: Love One Another.
By this shall men know ye are my Disciples,
If ye have love One to Another.

Forgive One Another, we all know error.
These things shall pass through the Gift of our Savior.
These Great Commandments to Sister and Brother:
Live in the light, love one another.

Be ever mindful, listen to The Prompting.
We have a purpose concealed in our longing…
Serve one another with love the Foundation;
we are the seeds of God’s creation.

As I have Loved you, Love One Another.
This New Commandment: Love One Another.

By this shall men know, ye are my Disciples.
If ye have Love One to Another.

 

"I Cross My Heart"
Songwriters: Eric Kaz / Steve Dorff
Song recorded by George Strait

Our love is unconditional
We knew it from the start
I see it in your eyes
You can feel it from my heart
From here on after
Let's stay the way we are right now
And share all the love and laughter
That a lifetime will allow

I cross my heart
And promise to
Give all I've got to give
To make all your dreams come true
In all the world
You'll never find
A love as true as mine

You will always be the miracle
That makes my life complete
And as long as there's a breath in me
I'll make yours just as sweet
As we look into the future
It's as far as we can see
So let's make each tomorrow
Be the best that it can be

I cross my heart
And promise to
Give all I've got to give
To make all your dreams come true
In all the world
You'll never find
A love as true as mine

And if along the way we find a day
It starts to storm
You've got the promise of my love
To keep you warm

In all the world
You'll never find
A love as true as mine
A love as true as mine

 

"I Love You Salon Stars"
Song to “I Love You, California” 1913
Music by Abraham Franklin Frankenstein
Lyrics by Susie Katharine Shaw

I love you, Salon Stars!
You’re the greatest Stars of all.
I love you in the summer, winter, spring
And in the fall.
I love your generous sharing
And your hearts as big as gold.
I love you Salon Stars,
I’m so proud to be part of your fold.

 


All 2022 Salon dates and themes

STABILITY
Sunday, January 9, 2022

GROWTH
Sunday, February 13, 2022

POSSIBILITY
Sunday, March 13, 2022

FAITH
Sunday, April 10, 2022

GRATITUDE
Sunday, May 8, 2022

HUMOR
Sunday, June 12, 2022

UNDERSTANDING
Sunday, July 10, 2022

KINDNESS
Sunday, August 14, 2022

HARMONY
Sunday, September 11, 2022

LOVE
Sunday, October 9, 2022

HEALING
Sunday, November 13, 2022

SPIRITUALITY
Sunday, December 11, 2022

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With all loving thoughts and hoping to see you soon!

Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph. D.
Email: KingCarol@aol.com  
 


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