The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest

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Timber Press, 2007 - 398 pages
This magnificent compendium is the first comprehensive exploration of the Arts and Crafts legacy in the Pacific Northwest. It traces the movement from its nineteenth-century English beginnings to its flowering in Washington and Oregon through the 1920s and beyond, weaving into a tale of idealism and devotion everything from iconic masterpieces to recent discoveries.

You will meet the architects, artists, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, and smaller communities throughout the region in their own words in journal entries, letters, articles, and promotional materials of the period. Included are public and private architecture, furniture, pottery and tile, metalwork, lighting, leaded and stained glass, jewelry, textiles, basketry and the influence of Native American arts, painting and printmaking, photography, graphic arts, and book design.

The ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement—a celebration of craftsmanship and the creative process; an appreciation of sound construction, pleasing proportion, grace, and simplicity; and a comfortable rusticity that sees beauty in nature and honors indigenous materials—found fertile ground in Washington and Oregon. The inspired handiwork of anonymous amateurs and significant regional artists alike yielded a remarkable variety of progressive architect-designed residences, bungalows for everyone, and all manner of artistic and practical furnishings and accessories.

Beautifully illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and period graphics, including rare images published here for the first time, this groundbreaking volume is an authoritative reference, a provocative story, and an irresistible treasure trove for Arts and Crafts collectors and enthusiasts everywhere.

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As noted, heavy on the houses and local history. Read full review

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Exhaustive and insightful. There's a lot of interesting detail contained in this book. And even more than I'd bargained for. Well worth reading, if a little heavy on the architectural side. Lots of beautiful illustrations. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Lawrence Kreisman, Hon. AIA Seattle, is program director of Historic Seattle, which produces an annual Bungalow Fair and Arts and Crafts lecture series. He has been recognized for significant work in bringing public attention to the Northwest's architectural heritage and its preservation through courses, tours, exhibits, lectures, articles, books, and program development. His publications include Apartments by Anhalt; The Stimson Legacy: Architecture in the Urban West; and Made to Last: Historic Preservation in Seattle and King County, as well as hundreds of design features in

Glenn Mason, co-owner of Cultural Images, a museum and historical society consulting firm, is an avid enthusiast of the Arts and Crafts movement. While director of the Lane County Museum in Eugene, Oregon, and the Cheney Cowles Museum (now Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture) in Spokane, Washington, he mounted several Arts and Crafts exhibits, researched and spoke on the subject, and helped secure Arts and Crafts collections of regional and national significance.

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