Helen Lukens Gaut – Chronicler of California Bungalows by Jane Apostol is the definitive biography of this important writer who first identified the beauty of the California bungalows and wrote about them in The Craftsman magazine. Her father was an environmentalist and friend of John Muir.
Our book is by the by well-known Jane Apostol, author of many books about Pasadena and individuals associated with the city.
Helen Lukens Gaut established a successful career as a photojournalist in the 1920’s, merging her love for nature, passion for motoring, and engaging writing style into pieces for numerous magazines such as Out West, Overland Monthly, Cosmopolitan, The Craftsman, Ladies’ Home Journal, and House Beautiful. Southern California’s Evolving Landscape: The Photography of Helen Lukens Gaut (1872-1955) offers the public a first look at prints of some of the 200 negatives by Gaut recently acquired by PMH through a generous donation from Alyce de Roulet Williamson.