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The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice, Master Architect

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The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice, Master Architect

Diane Y. Welch

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Architect to some of the nation’s wealthiest achievers in the first half of the twentieth century, Lilian Rice was given an unprecedented opportunity in 1923 to oversee the design of Rancho Santa Fe, a master-planned community catering to the rich and famous. In recent years, critics have depicted her as deceptive, leading her early clients in Rancho Santa Fe to believe she was a licensed architect to gain their trust and lucrative commissions. Despite the unproven and outlandish controversy, eleven of Lilian Rice’s homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, scores more are county landmarks, and several garnered her honor awards from the American Institute of Architects. This book, researched by Lilian Rice’s biographer Diane Y. Welch, uncovers the truth about the obscure architect, introduces her clients (which include some of Hollywood’s brightest stars), and tells of the times in which she lived.

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 94 color & b/w images | Index | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349584 | Binding: hard cover

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Diane Yolanda Welch is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who lives in the coastal community of Solana Beach, California. She is the leading authority on the life and work of master architect Lilian Jeannette Rice. This is Diane’s second book on the widely accomplished, but controversial architect, and it is the companion book to Lilian J. Rice: Master Architect of Rancho Santa Fe (Schiffer 2010), a first-place winner in the San Diego Book Awards for biography, 2011