Join Laguna Art Museum as we tour striking homes built by remarkable women – Helena Modjeska’s Arden in Modjeska Canyon and the Hortense Miller Garden in Laguna Beach. Our day will consist of private tours of both the interiors and gardens of these homes.
Arden, designated as a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1888 by famed actress Helena Modjeska and designed by architect Stanford White, known for his Gilded Age mansions on the East Coast. The rambling, gabled Queen Anne revival style-home is surrounded by park-like grounds containing oak trees and shows a glimpse of a rugged Orange County. Helena Modjeska’s work was the subject of the Laguna Art Museum exhibition Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo: Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book in 2019.
Hortense and Oscar Miller collaborated with architect Knowlton Fernald, Jr. to build their 1,840 square foot Mid-Century Modern home with stunning views of Laguna Beach’s coastline and Boat Canyon in 1958. The home, featured on the cover of Sunset magazine, sits on 2.5 acres with sprawling gardens while the interior contains perfectly preserved mid-century furnishings. Both the interior and exterior are interspersed with Hortense Miller’s artwork including murals, paintings, collages, ceramics, and sculptures.
9:00 a.m. Depart from Laguna Art Museum
10:00 a.m. Private tour of Helena Modjeska’s Arden
11:30 p.m. Lunch on Arden grounds by local eatery, The Stand
12:15 p.m. Depart Arden and travel to Hortense Miller Garden
1:00 p.m. Private tour of Hortense Miller Garden
2:30 p.m. Depart Hortense Miller Garden
2:45 p.m. Return to Laguna Art Museum
$175 for Laguna Art Museum members
$200 for non-members
Price includes luxurious round-trip transportation, private tours of each residence’s interiors and gardens, and lunch.
Grounds are uneven at both locations. Tours include several flights of stairs. Please watch your step.
Contemporary Circle members and above may choose this event to use their complimentary attendance for two.
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