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Author Dunkerley, Michele, 1958-

Title Houses made of wood and light : the life and architecture of Hank Schubart / by Michele Dunkerley with Jane Hickie ; photos by Jim Alinder
Edition First edition
Published Austin [Tex.] : University of Texas Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 182 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
Series Roger Fullington series in architecture
Roger Fullington series in architecture.
Contents American architect Hank Schubart was regarded as a genius for finding the perfect site for a house and for integrating its design into the natural setting, so that his houses appear to be as native to the forest around them as the trees and rocks. Salt Spring Island, one of the Gulf Islands in British Columbia, Canada, offered him a place to create the kind of architecture that responded to its surroundings, and Schubart-designed homes populate the island. Built of wood and glass, suffused with light, and oriented to views, they display characteristic features: random-width cedar siding, exposed beams, rusticated stonework. Over time, Schubart's homes on Salt Spring Island came to be considered uniquely Gulf Islands homes. This inviting book offers the first introduction to the life and architecture of West Coast modernist Henry A. Schubart, Jr. (1916-1998). While still in his teens, Schubart persuaded Frank Lloyd Wright to accept him as a Taliesin Fellow, and his year's apprenticeship in the master's workshop taught him principles of designing in harmony with nature that he explored throughout the rest of his life. Michele Dunkerley traces Schubart's career from his early practice in San Francisco at the noted firm Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons, to his successful firm with Howard Friedman, to his most lasting professional achievements on Salt Spring Island, where he became the de facto community architect, designing more than 230 residential, commercial, educational, and religious projects. Drawing lessons from his mentors over his decades on the island, he forged an everyday architecture with his mastery of detail and inventiveness. In doing so, he helped define how the island could grow without losing its soul. Color photographs and site plans display Schubart's remarkable homes and other commissions. -- Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-182)
Subject Schubart, Hank, 1916-1998.
Architects -- United States -- Biography.
Architecture, Domestic -- British Columbia -- Saltspring Island -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Alinder, James.
Hickie, Jane.
Schubart, Hank, 1916-1998.
ISBN 0292737149 (e-book)
9780292737143 (e-book)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
Other Titles Life and architecture of Hank Schubart