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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:32 pm

After World War II, the path of visionary architect Aaron G. Green led him to the Los Angeles area where he launched his career designing dream homes, including one in Rancho Palos Verdes.

“The Anderson residence was designed in 1959, and it is notable for its twin garbled roof, which is often referred to as a ‘butterfly roof’ for its resemblance to butterfly wings,” said Scott Andrews, communications director for the Palos Verdes Art Center. “It is also the grand prize in this year’s Palos Verdes Dream House raffle benefiting PVAC.”

In honor of his life and local influence, the PVAC will open an exhibition of Aaron G. Green and California organic architecture Saturday, starting with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

Green, who died in 2001, was considered one of the most talented proponents of organic architecture, which promotes harmony between the natural world and human housing. Before moving to L.A., Green established an architecture firm in San Francisco in 1951, acting as an associate to Frank Lloyd Wright.

“Green was an adherent to Wright’s concept of organic architecture, a form of modern design that stands in contrast to the Bauhaus-influenced glass and steel boxes known as International Style,” Andrews said.

Inspired by the sophisticated patterns, rough textures and diverse forms of nature, Green’s practice not only produced custom homes, but also churches, public housing and internment facilities as well, said Alan Hess, curator of the exhibit who will give a 7 p.m. talk at Saturday’s reception.

Hess, an architect and architecture historian, has written numerous books on modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century.

The exhibition, the first to present Green’s work in Southern California, will run through May 28 and feature rare photographs, original architectural renderings and plans from the architect’s office, as well as period magazines spotlighting Green’s work.

A companion special event, “House, a site-specific performance to the Pacific edge,” featuring the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre with choreography created by Duckler to interact with the Anderson House, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 starting at 4:30 p.m.

Visit for ticket information to that event. And visit for information about the organic architecture exhibit, which is free. The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 W. Crestridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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