Lionel H. Pries, Architect, Artist, Educator: From Arts and Crafts to Modern Architecture

Overview

Ochsner offers an erudite celebration of Pries's professional legacy, tracing his evolution as a designer, architect, teacher, and artist. The depth of research in this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated biography broadens our understanding of twentieth-century Modernism and of the history of architectural education.

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Overview

Ochsner offers an erudite celebration of Pries's professional legacy, tracing his evolution as a designer, architect, teacher, and artist. The depth of research in this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated biography broadens our understanding of twentieth-century Modernism and of the history of architectural education.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Pacific Northwest Quarterly

Anyone familiar with the University of Washington, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, and the history of architecture will find this book to be an information explication of a significant teacher and subject.... this is a beautifully produced book that makes excellent use of the attractive visual source material at hand.... Drawing on interviews and reminiscences of former students, clients, and friends of Pries, Ochsner enriches his well-researched text to offer an engaging portrait of Pries and creates a welcome contribution to the history of architecture and architectural education in the United States.

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

The scholarship, critical judgment, and production values behind this book are exceptionally high.

Arcade

Lavish is an overused word, but I cannot think of a better description for this volume. There are gorgeous color reproductions of watercolors, paintings and architecture on nearly every page, printed at a large enough size to feel their emotive strength, while excellent photographs and crisp re-drawn floor plans allow a good understanding of the architectural work.... For anyone with an interest in the truly influential people of the Northwest, so often caught between the cultural noise of number one and the obscurity of zero, this book is essential. Ochsner has done a great service in bringing Lionel Pries to life again.

Tacoma Weekly

[This] big volume is beautifully written and reads almost like a mystery novel as Ochsner delves into Pries' past with respect, compassion, and drive to tell the truth.... A must-read.

Pacific Northwest Magazine

A meticulously researched and captivating portrait of Pries' own life and work.... It is challenging to juggle all the components of such a book, which examines Pries as educator, architect, artist, and collector. It places him and his work in a broader context of the arts community in Seattle and the changing approaches to teaching architecture at the UW.... Jeffrey Ochsner is up to the task.

Seattle Times

The book is surprisingly juicy. Lionel Pries is packaged as a coffee-table book—- with loads of illustrations showing Pries' houses and artwork—- but at times it reads more like a thriller. You immediately care about Pries and his work, and want to know what happened to him.... Architect James Chiarelli reportedly... said: 'The minute you stepped into the courtyard of the house he designed, you could feel his genius at work.' Now, with the publication of Ochsner's book, the rest of us can get a sense of it, too.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986982
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner is professor of architecture at the University of Washington. He is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H. H. Richardson and the editor of Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to Architects.

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Table of Contents

Preface1 Introduction: "Do You Want to Be an Architect?"2 Origins: An Education in Architecture, 1897-19233 Finding His Way: San Francisco and Santa Barbara, 1923-19284 To the Northwest: Bain and Pries, 1928-19315 Seeking a New Synthesis: Pries in Mexico, 1928-19426 In Practice: Design Evolution, 1932-19427 Educator of Architects: The University of Washington, 1928-19458 Master of the Arts: The Art Institute and the Community of Artists9 In Practice: Romantic Modernism, 1945-195810 Colleagues in Conflict: The University of Washington, 1945-195811 Tragedy: The Last Years, 1958-196812 Legacies: Architecture and CharacterNotesBuildings and ProjectsMajor Archival SourcesGeneral Background ReadingIndex

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