The House that Mary Built: The 1936 California House and Garden Exposition
Dr. Andrea Thabet is a historian specializing in Los Angeles, urban, and public history, with a focus on urban renewal policy and cultural policy in the United States. Dr. Thabet has worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum in Los Angeles as well as at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. She has taught college level courses in her areas of expertise, including a course on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and America in the 1960s at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Thabet has consulted on a number of historic preservation projects, which include a successful Historic- Cultural Monument nomination for the Hawk House designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris (2019), and research and writing about Civic Center Branch Administrative Centers for Survey LA, a city-wide project conducted by L.A.’s Office of Historic Resources. Presently, she serves as Co-Coordinator for the L.A. History & Metro Studies Group, based at the Huntington Library. Dr. Thabet holds a Ph.D and an M.A. in U.S. History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in History with an Art History minor from Loyola Marymount University. She has presented her research at a number of academic conferences and public events. Dr. Thabet’s forthcoming article, “‘From Sagebrush to Symphony’: Negotiating the Hollywood Bowl and the Future of Los Angeles, 1918-1926,” will appear in the Pacific Historical Review in Fall 2020. Her published works on Los Angeles and urban history have appeared in both academic and popular journals, in both print and digital formats. Currently, Dr. Thabet is working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, Culture as Urban Renewal: Postwar Los Angeles and the Remaking of Public Space.