Randy Gragg, Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon
- Randy Gragg, Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon
John Yeon is highly regarded as one of the most influential architects of what has come to be known as the Northwest Regional style. Though the prominent Portland architect never had one of his designs built in Washington State, he did purchase a parcel of land directly across the Columbia River from Multnomah Falls to protect it from development. This scenic riverfront property called The Shire became Yeon’s private landscape preserve featuring one of the most iconic backdrops of the Pacific Northwest.
The Clark County Historical Museum and Clark County Historic Preservation Commission are proud to offer a unique presentation on June 4, 2015 at 7:00pm about architect John Yeon, featuring Randy Gragg, Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon. A preamble will be delivered by Robert Hinds, Commission Chair, who previously restored and listed one of Yeon’s houses on the National Register of Historic Places. The lecture will detail the career of Yeon with an emphasis on Washington. In addition to The Shire, Yeon played a leading role in the establishment of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Olympic National Park.
Photo by Robert Hinds
Yeon was a contemporary of influential architects like Pietro Belluschi and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Aubrey Watzek House was featured alongside Falling Waters by Wright at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1939 and earned international acclaim. The Watzek House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was elevated to the status of National Historic Landmark in 2011. The Portland Visitors Information Center and John Yeon Speculative House are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Museum patrons will have a rare opportunity to visit The Shire on Saturday, June 13. Tours are available for $30 per person and proceeds go to support the Yeon Center and the Clark County Historical Museum. A minimum for 10 people are required. Space is limited so please RSVP by June 1.
Randy Gragg is the Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon. He is a former arts editor at The Oregonian and founding editor of Spaces magazine. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Nevada and MFA in Photography from University of Washington.
Robert Ted Hinds is Chair of the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. He restored one of John Yeon’s “speculative” houses and authored its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Oregon in Psychology and Business, as well as an MBA from Washington State University Vancouver.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors will open at 5:00pm and the lecture will start at 7:00pm.
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