Join de LaB on May 18th for a special “Raise the Roof” party on (yes, on) the newly finished roof of the Neutra VDL Residence, which is owned and managed by Cal Poly Pomona. The much-anticipated restoration work, guided by local firm Marmol Radziner and Neutra VDL Residence Director and Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Chair Sarah Lorenzen, is finally complete and we think it deserves a proper toast!

As some of you may remember, we hosted a fundraiser at the historic home back in September 2011, where we helped raised more than $800 to aid the roof restoration work. Other contributors to this effort were Friends of Heritage PreservationMarmol Radziner, and Friends of VDL.

In the spirit of the home’s ongoing restoration, this event will also support the next phase of restoration work. To date, restoration of VDL, which began in 2008, includes restoration of the interior of the Garden House, full electrical rewiring, restoration of the roofs, new paint, new fences and site walls, and garden replanting. The next phase for Cal Poly Pomona will include restoration of the interior finishes.

Though the VDL Studio and Residence is open to the public every Saturday from 11am to 3pm, our “Raise the Roof” party will offer a rare glimpse of the house at dusk with all of the reflecting pools filled. We’ll also receive an overview on the history of the house, details on the roof restoration project, and the artist-in-residence program from Neutra VDL Residence Director Sarah Lorenzen.

Refreshments will be served—we look forward to seeing you on the roof with a glass of (white) wine in hand!

All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration work at the Neutra VDL Residence.