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SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOODS: When Tiki Invaded San Diego

Diane Kane, PhD

This will be a lighthearted romp through the immediate post-war period to explore how the allure of the South Seas became synonymous with San Diego. Discover how tourism and suburbanization exploited the indigenous architecture of Polynesia to create the Tiki Style. This themed architectural style was augmented by newly introduced tropical plants, readily available to the backyard gardener. Although Shelter Island and Mission Bay were ground zero for Tiki, Mission Valley and other suburbanizing communities were not immune to its charms in transforming desert scrub into a palm-laden paradise. This lecture serves as a prelude to Osher’s San Diego Neighborhoods Tiki walking tour of Shelter Island on Saturday, March 3.

Instructor: Diane Kane is a retired Senior Planner from the City of San Diego. Previously, she was the Heritage Resources Coordinator for Caltrans in Los Angeles. She is a six-term Trustee of the California Preservation Foundation and chairs the Preservation Committee of the La Jolla Historical Society. A frequent lecturer at Osher, Kane has taught architectural history and planning at several southland universities. She received her PhD in architectural history from UC Santa Barbara.

Coordinator: Carol Roberts

Course Number: OSHR-70109   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
02/20/2018 In-class 128896 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla