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Pacific Northwest Modern: Blending East and West

When modern architecture reached the Pacific Northwest, it merged with existing traditions of Native American and Japanese building. Dale Kutzera explores this unique variant of Midcentury Modern.

$15 (1 hr)

Category: Book Signing, Presentation, Talk, CAMP Theater

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The Pacific Northwest, located far from the academic and publishing centers of modern architecture, devised its own brand of modernism. The region’s abundance of wood and tradition of carpentry and cabinet-making allowed local architects to combine the simplicity of European modernism with the wood-building traditions of Japan. Post and beam construction reacted to the region’s hilly topography. The abundant use of glass brought natural light inside, even on the gloomiest of winter days.

Dale Kutzera, author of Paul Hayden Kirk and the Rise of Northwest Modern will tell the story of modern design in this distant corner of the nation. Much of this story centers on Paul Kirk (1914-1995), who designed hundreds of buildings in Washington state.

Kirk was born in Utah and raised in Seattle, graduating from the University of Washington’s architecture program in 1937. He established his own practice as soon as he obtained his license and, in the 1940s, designed some of the region’s first modern homes. By the 1950s, Kirk was the leading name in a growing school of Northwest designers. His work was widely published in the architecture and home design magazines of the time.

A book signing will follow the presentation.


Things to Know
This event is for 
12 and older.
Ample free public parking is available.
Enter underground parking at Hyatt on Palm Canyon Drive or in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Modernism Week Theater At CAMP

Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits:   Courtesy of Dale Kutzera

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