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Arch Tour Fest: Mt. Wilson Observatory

November 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

$20.00 – $55.00


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Arch Tour Fest: Mt. Wilson Observatory

Additional information regarding the tour and check-in process will be emailed directly to registrants 24 hours before the event.  Tickets are non-transferable.

This is a FREE event for children under 18.

Tour Organizers: HOK Architects and Mt Wilson Institute

As part of the tour we will visit the 60″ and 100″ telescopes and the solar observatories on site. In addition we will have an opportunity to see the original Hand drawn design drawings from the early 20th century for the facility. We will also visit the Monastery and the overall grounds of the observatory.

Architects involved in the designs are:

Monastery: Myron Hunt (Rose Bowl, Huntington Hotel‚ now Langham, Ambassador Hotel, Pasadena Library) and Elmer Grey (Beverly Hills Hotel, Huntington Art Gallery, Pasadena Playhouse).

100-inch telescope dome and 150-foot solar telescope tower: Daniel Burnham

Tour Led By:

Dan Kohne – Board Member, Mt Wilson Institute

Dan Kohne has been on the board of Mount Wilson Institute for 7 years and is involved in getting cultural activities going there: concerts, lectures, art exhibits and installations, sound installations, field trips, etc.

Before that Dan was a film producer/special visual effects cinematographer at Stokes/Kohne Associates from 1980 through 2012, working on commercials, main title sequences, film inserts and effects, TV series effects, broadcast graphics and promos, and experimental film sequences.


David Frey FAIA, HOK Architects

David Frey is the Senior Technical Principal at HOK Architects in Culver City CA, is a volunteer at Mt. Wilson Observatory and a Telescope Demonstrator at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.


Learning Objectives:

1. How do The 60″ and 100″ telescope operate

2. What discoveries were made at the Observatory

3. What architects and engineers were involved in the development of the Buildings and instruments.

4. What type of Science is currently being performed at the observatory.

5. How were the instruments transported to the site.



November 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
$20.00 – $55.00
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Mt. Wilson Obvervatory