Pacific Northwest Regional Architecture

In the Pacific Northwest, modern architecture has been described as Northwest Regionalism.  From the 1930’s to the 1970’s the University of Washington in Seattle was the incubator of architects and a modernist movement.  In their work these architects expressed the Pacific Northwest love of natural materials such as wood, and careful thought in the placement of a building to show its relationship to natural settings of trees and terraces.

Dr. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, University of Washington.

Dr. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner

On Saturday, April 25, the downtown Seattle Public Library will host a lecture by University of Washington professor and architectural historian Dr. Jeffrey Karl Ochsner on the topic of regional modern architecture.  Dr. Ochsner’s lecture will focus primarily on single-family residential buildings in Seattle and some small institutional buildings such as medical clinics, as buildings where Regional Modernism was most often expressed.

The downtown Seattle Public Library is located at 4th and Spring Streets.

The downtown Seattle Public Library is located at 4th and Spring Streets.


Past architecture lectures by Dr. Ochsner are available in podcast from the website of the Seattle Public Library.

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Valarie is a volunteer writer of neighborhood history in Seattle.
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