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.
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.