Author Scott Powell will present a program about celebrated Monterey designer Frances Adler Elkins. The lecture will discuss Elkins’s leading role in the preservation of Monterey adobes, her collaborations with prominent California architects, her civic involvement in World War II and in the 1946 U.S. Flag Centennial, and her strong connections with local artists and craftspeople. A selection of Elkins designs will be displayed at the lecture.
Frances Elkins (1888-1953) was praised in her lifetime as the leading California interior designer. Many of her contemporaries coast to coast considered her the most creative talent in her field. Design historian Scott Powell will present an illustrated talk on the commissions Elkins executed in the Monterey Bay Area, where she lived. The prolific Elkins also did much work in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.