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Day Trip to Visit James Hubbell's Ilan Lael Open House in Santa Ysabel

  • Jun 16, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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1) You MUST prepurchase your ticket online for this event BEFORE you can RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

2) To purchase tickets online, go here:

Tickets cost $50 per person. Make sure to select the 11 AM start time tour.

3) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

4) I am arranging for a carpool at a TBD location at 8 AM. If you choose to carpool, please give your designated driver at least $30 to compensate for gas and car maintenance costs.

This event was recommended by PP member Keong.














Last weekend, I attended an exhibit of artist and architect James Hubbell at the Oceanside Musseum of Art. The best way to describe his work is if you watch the LOTR movies, then its a cross between Hobbit and Elvish style of architecture. I came away really impressed and knew I had to see his studio/campus in Santa Ysabel, The Open House is only offered once per year, so if you enjoy organic style architecture, come join me on this 1/2 day trip to inland San Diego County to see this wonderful architecture.










An article from Mosaic Art Now based on last year's Open House event:

"Art/mosaic/architectural lovers who live in Southern California will have the rare opportunity this Sunday to visit James Hubbells extraordinary home and compound, Ilan-Lael. This once-a-year event will take place in Santa Ysabel (San Diego area) from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and is a fundraiser for the Ilan-Lael foundation.







Hubbell has traveled the world doing his professional and non-profit work, leaving behind a string of wonders that resonate deeply with the souls and psyches of the people who live, work, play and pray in them. The hallmarks of Hubbell’s work are the organic sculptural forms, stained glass masterpieces and captivating mosaics that are carefully integrated into both indoor an outdoor spaces.














The best description we could find for Ilan-Lael is from the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s website. Ilan-Lael was a recent recipient of that organization’s “Orchid Award.”











The James Hubbell Residence and Art studios, named Ilan-Lael (“tree belonging to God”), is significant for its association with award-winning and internationally acclaimed artist, James Hubbell. Designed by master artist James Hubbell, the property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, and method of construction which are organic, nature-inspired forms that have become Hubbell’s trademark. The style of architecture has been acknowledged by the San Diego County Historic Site Board as the “Hubbell style” variant of Modern Organic architecture. The property has been documented by dozens of publications and has been the subject of several video documentaries.











Ilan-Lael is an artist’s residence and studio that appears to grow out of the landscape and blend with nature. Construction of Ilan-Lael began in 1958 and currently consists of eight buildings that serve as a single family residence and art studio. The buildings are composed of various materials including stone, stucco, glass, tile, shell, brick, plaster, bronze, and other metals.

The 2003 Cedar Fire damaged 40-50 % of the buildings. Together with family and friends, Hubbell began to restore Ilan-Lael with the impetus of maintaining the property’s historic architectual integrity. By 2006, repairs to the fire-damaged buildings had been largely completed. On August 18, 2008, the San Diego County Historic Site Board voted to place Ilan-Lael as Landmark Number[masked] on the Local Register of Historic Resources. The Historic Site Board felt that Ilan-Lael is one of the most remarkable properties in San Diego County. Hubbell continues to use the property as a studio and works with a number of “up-and-coming” San Diego artisans."

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  • Nick N

    Looks like you mistyped the price, Robert. Should be $50.

    May 13, 2013

    • Robert

      Thanks for catching the typo. I made the correction.

      May 13, 2013

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