Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

- Leonardo da Vinci


Spokane Modern Architecture 1948-1973


March 2, 2013 - January 12, 2014

MAC - Museum of Arts & Culture


The 25-year period between 1948 and 1973 saw an unrivaled burst of architectural creativity in Spokane—greater than that of anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. Trained by Walter Gropius, schooled in Europe, wooed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and determined to push the design envelope, Spokane’s mid-century architects changed the face of the city. And their work continues to influence even today.

When a small group of Modern architects began practicing in Spokane in the late 1940s, they changed more than the city’s skyline. They ushered in a period of creativity the likes of which this region had never before seen. Trained by Walter Gropius, schooled in Europe, and wooed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Spokane’s mid-century “form-givers”—Ken Brooks, Moritz Kundig, Royal McClure, Bill Trogdon, and Bruce Walker—challenged deeply held notions of design, receiving national recognition for their efforts. Yet few today know that, from 1948 to 1973, their creative output rivaled that of anyone’s in the Pacific Northwest—including Portland and Seattle. To better understand the influence these men had both on succeeding generations of Spokane architects and on the field of architecture itself, this exhibit will tell the story of the city’s Modern legacy through one-on-one interviews, vintage photography and original drawings, magazines and printed brochures, models and life-sized mockups, and selected furnishings and decorative arts.




Glenn Warren Davis


A retrospective exhibition featuring the work of mid-century Spokane architectural firms McClure & Adkison and Walker & McGough was presented from November 1 through November 30, 2012 in the street-front gallery on the main floor of the Spokane Public Library, Downtown Branch.  The exhibit marked precisely the fiftieth anniversary of a major exhibit of their work and that of 18 other leading Pacific Northwest architects at the University of Oregon Museum of Art.