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The 2016 tour celebrates the works of Steven Shortridge, one of our area's most influential modernist architects. Guests will experience the magic created by Steven on an intimate bus tour of various local properties. The tour will end with a celebratory soiree at Horizon House, Steven's final project.


  • A matching grant will double all tour proceeds, so your contribution will count twice.
  • Early Bird pricing has been extended to April 30.


Saturday, May 7, 2016
2:00pm - 5:00pm: Tour of homes
5:00pm - 8:30 pm: Celebratory Soiree at Horizon House


Early bird price until April 30: $200
After April 25: $250

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  • The tour is limited to 200 participants, so don't delay!
  • Tickets will be held at Will Call for pickup on tour day.
  • All tickets are non-refundable and tax-deductible.

About the Architect

Steven Shortridge, AIA, whose career spanned more than twenty years as an influential and highly-recognized Los Angeles modernist architect, passed away on May 3, 2014 at the age of 52. Steven received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, and held a Master of Architecture degree from M.I.T. He moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to work with celebrated modernist designer Franklin Israel, with whom he eventually partnered and collaborated on a number of noteworthy commercial and residential projects. After Israel’s death in 1996, the firm evolved into Callas Shortridge Architects in partnership with Barbara Callas until 2010, when Steven founded Shortridge Architects. Steven was a longtime member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

His firm's collaborative process was to establish an intimate relationship between designer, client and craftsman, ensuring that each completed project succeeds in its functional purpose and positively impacts the lives of those who occupy its space. Steven's collaborations have produced over thirty residences, retail facilities, and offices in and around Southern California, as well as notable commissions in London and Tel Aviv. The studio's work has appeared in numerous books and magazines including Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, House & Garden and Los Angeles Times.

History of the Tour

For over 20 years, the Venice Garden and Home Tour has been an annual fundraiser benefiting the children of the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA) in Venice, California.

It all started with a small stucco building. NYA needed a new home, so Jan Brilliot, Jay Griffith and Linda Lucks stepped up, creating the first Venice Garden Tour. It was truly grass roots, a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants event, with Jay making selections as they walked with 20 guests, raising $1,200. With the help of that first tour, NYA secured a small stucco DWP building that was lifted off its foundation and transplanted to Pleasant View Avenue on property leased from LAUSD. NYA continues to use that building to this day. The tour has been critical in helping NYA provide after-school programs for low-income children and youth, giving them individualized academic support and comprehensive life skills development during the critical years of their lives.

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