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A Second Look: Googie Architecture and the Modern Ideal
Swedish Cultural Center
Seattle, WA
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A Second Look: Googie Architecture and the Modern Ideal
In recent months, Googie architecture has been brought to the collective consciousness of Seattleites.  What is Googie architecture?  Why is it significant to our architectural and cultural heritage?  What does it mean in the larger context of Modernism?  Why should we care?

Docomomo WEWA and its co-sponsors welcome California architecture critic Alan Hess to Seattle on May 20th.  He will examine how Googie architecture successfully combined Modernism and popular culture and why it is important today. Alan Hess is the author of Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture (2004) and Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture (1985). As a practicing architect and historian, Hess documents the emerging suburban metropolises of the West.  He has been active in the preservation of roadside and post War architecture. His writings and advocacy efforts have helped raise awareness and appreciation of mid-century Modern commercial architecture and have led to the preservation of many of these resources.

Docomomo WEWA thanks its co-sponsors, Historic Seattle,, the Swedish Cultural Center, and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. This event would not be possible without their generosity.


Swedish Cultural Center
1920 Dexter Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
United States



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