Northwest Regional style
Northwest Regional style architecture is an architectural style popular in the Pacific Northwest between 1935 and 1960. It is a regional variant of the International style. It is defined by the extensive use of unpainted wood in both interiors and exteriors. Other features of the style include integration of the building with its setting through asymmetrical floor plans, extensive use of glass extending to the floor, a low-pitched or flat roof of shingles with overhanging eaves, and a minimum of decoration. It is sometimes known as Northwest Modern.
The style was developed by architects including Paul Thiry in Seattle and John Yeon in Oregon, and was used most often in residential buildings. Other proponents of the style included Paul Hayden Kirk, Pietro Belluschi, John Storrs, Van Evera Bailey, Herman Brookman, and Saul Zaik.
Some examples of Northwest Regional style include the Harry F. Wentz Studio on the Oregon coast; Museum of Contemporary Craft, John Yeon Speculative House, Aubrey R. Watzek House, Zion Lutheran Church and the Visitors Information Center in Portland; and the Northeast Branch Library by Thiry, and University Unitarian Church in Seattle.
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