Thursday, January 20, 2011

A year in review

Dear Friends of Lilian J. Rice,
2010 was a fantastic year for getting things accomplished with the Lilian J. Rice project. And it could not have been made possible without the generosity of so many people that I'd like to acknowledge here, right now!

A combined exhibition and book launch was made possible by the City of Solana Beach who provided the venue for the book release party and a six week long exhibition of photos and Rice inspired drawings and plans. The actual party to celebrate the release of "Lilian J. Rice: Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, California" [Schiffer] was on June 12, 2010, the anniversary of LJR's birth, which made the event even more special. For all of you who came, thank you so much! It was one of the best days of my life, only topped by having babies and getting married! (not necessarily in that order...) The exhibition was sponsored by the following individuals and companies whose funding made possible the large display of16 x 20 photos, refreshments, and publicity materials.

The Ecke Ranch
Dena Gillespie, architectural designer
Carl Calvert and the Motor Transport Museum
Max Wuthrich, and B+W Architects
Positive Energy
Solana Beach Art Association
Welch Productions
Dewhurst and Associates

Dena Gillespie included a fabulous framed montage of her Lilian Rice inspired homes which has been gifted for future exhibitions, and Max Wuthrich included a presentation sketch of the Wheeler residence, based on one of Rice's designs that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The photographs came directly from the book and were courtesy of the following:

Paul Body
Bertocchini Photography
Darren Edwards
Gary Conaughton
Juliana Welch
Yours truly

Plans and sketches were provided by
Sara Motamedi
Vanessa Vanbeusekom
Christopher Real
Monique Parsons
Carol Beth Rodriguez
Yours truly

Big thanks to those who came from far a field, especially the Thomas family who traveled down from Seal Beach and Pasadena. Carol Thomas is the daughter of Bertha Kreuziger, who is second from the left in this 1923 photo. Lilian Rice is far right.

Also big hugs to husband B. Paul for the amazing documentary on Lilian Rice which we have shown innumerable times throughout San Diego County to appreciative audiences.

Check back soon for more information on last year's exhibitions, lectures and book signings, and a look ahead to the coming months. Through Friends of Lilian J. Rice I will be able to fulfill my mission to "educate and inspire".

Sincerely yours,



  1. Wonderful blog Diane. You've accomplished so much this past year!

  2. Thank you Sharon for your comment and all your support this year. It has been very busy for all of us. I'm looking forward to a fantastic season with SBAA...Happy writings!

  3. BUSY?? From where I am standing I don't think the word even scratches the surface in describing your life! But anyway, you deserve a medal, nay, medals by the ton! Love you lots, and hope 2011 is as fulfilling and as productive as 2010 was!

  4. Love you mom, you do so much and manage to keep passionate about history <3 you're the best!

  5. Thank you friends for posting. It's a tough road bringing back to life an incredible woman who died
    72 years ago. But she is so deserving of the nation's recognition, and heck if we don't celebrate our notable women, who will?