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House Tours to Benefit Local Charity

October 03, 2002

An Italian Renaissance-style home in the Windsor Square-Hancock Park section of Los Angeles renovated by more than 22 designers is open to the public through Nov. 3 to benefit the Assistance League of Southern California's charities. The 9,000-square-foot Design House 2002 was built in 1921 from plans by Charles F. Plummer. Tickets are $20 and parking is available at the Los Angeles Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 4357 Wilshire Blvd. For more information, call (877) 482-3237; www.de signhousela.com.

* Crate & Barrel opens it first Los Angeles store featuring a second floor devoted to furniture today in the Grove shopping center in the Fairfax district. The line includes couches, tables, storage units and beds. The company's in-house architects used skylights and picture windows to set the stage for the furniture, which is arranged in vignettes and grouped by style--classic, European country, contemporary and cottage. The store is at 189 the Grove Drive. For more information, call (323) 297-0370; www.crateandbar rel.com.

* An exhibit of leaded-glass windows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright opens Saturday at the Orange County Museum of Art. Many of the 50 decorative glass originals on display through Jan. 5 are from private collections and have not been available for public viewing. The architect used what he called "light screens," a nod to Japanese shoji screens, when he needed to "cut holes" in his "beautiful buildings." The museum is the only West Coast stop for the exhibit, organized by Exhibitions International and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Admission is $10. The museum is at 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 759-4848; www.ocma.net.

* The Sowden House, a private residence in Los Feliz designed by Lloyd Wright and built in 1926 will be the site of a benefit dinner on Saturday for the Los Angeles Conservancy. The eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright used steel-reinforced textured concrete blocks throughout the house, most dramatically in the living room and master bedroom. The blocks, along with a nearly windowless front facade, create an inviting open-air central courtyard. Tickets cost $350 and proceeds benefit the conservancy's educational and advocacy programs. The house is at 5121 Franklin Ave. For more information, call (213) 623-2489; www.laconservancy.org.

* Robinsons-May debuts its Lifestyle Store at Irvine Spectrum Center on Wednesday. The 140,000-square-foot clothing and housewares store has few interior walls and movable panels to easily adjust the space for different promotions. The free-standing building is at 93 Fortune St., Irvine. For more information, call (949) 341-9111; www.mayco.com.

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Information for Design Calendar can be sent to Janet Eastman at janet.eastman@la times.com.

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