The Monterey Bay Area Legacy of Interior Designer Frances Adler Elkins Lecture by Scott Powell

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017
Media Contact: Sirie Thongchua
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California
831-646-5632 /

"The Monterey Bay Area Legacy of Interior Designer Frances Adler Elkins" presented by Scott Powell

On Sunday, July 16, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., 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.

Scott Powell is doing research for a new book on Frances Elkins. He studied journalism at San Francisco State University and interior design at UC Berkeley Extension. From 2008-2012, he was the producer of the international radio series If You Love This Planet, hosted by Helen Caldicott, M.D. He was raised on the San Francisco Peninsula and in the Monterey Bay area.

This event is part of The Next Chapter: Designing Your Ideal Life lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee. Adults are invited to attend. Admission is free, and reservations are required. Call (831) 646-5632 or email The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.

Photo 1- Frances Elkins and the Stevenson House circa 1940s and Photo 2 - Scott Powell are enclosed.


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