Between 1870 and 1876 Leland Stanford redesigned his Sacramento residence and built a vast new residence in San Francisco, both of which incorporated the visual vocabulary of European Baroque palaces. That courtly vocabulary extended from the architecture itself to such gestures of hospitality as the ball staged in Stanford’s Sacramento mansion in February 1872. These not only reinforced Stanford’s image as “railroad king,” they explicitly promoted the benefits of Stanford’s enterprise, the railroad. Diana Strazdes will give a talk on this interesting period in the life of the Stanfords.
Diana Strazdes is a specialist in the history of nineteenth-century American art and material culture. She received her B.A. from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University. She was formerly a curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at the Stanford University Museum of Art. She is currently a professor of art history at the University of California, Davis, where she teaches a well-attended course called “The American Home.”
Free. Open to the public.