After Shelly Kappe’s introduction, Thornton Abell shows photographs and floor plans of various projects in Los Angles. He talks about his architectural education, and initial influences, stressing Knud Lonberg-Holm and Richard Neutra.
He discusses a number of projects including his own home (1937), the Ullman House (1955) and the LeBrun House (1963), which Abell says is one his favorites.
He talks about communication and the personal nature of architecture, and the unique qualities of his clients. Abell talks about his latest project, the Art Building Center at California State University, Fullerton (1970) and the project’s use of “sunken outdoor work areas.”
The video ends with Abell responding to questions from the audience.