Connie Blumenthal

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Houses Made of Wood and Light- The Life and Architecture of Hank Schubart

As a young teen, eager to learn more about the principles of designing, West Coast modernist, Hank Schubart became a Taliesin Fellow in Frank Lloyd Wright’s design workshop. Through a yearlong apprenticeship, Schubart learned the strategies of designing in harmony with nature. Scubart went on to become a noted American architect, recognized as a genius for discovering ideal sites for houses and incorporating nature into their design. The stunning homes appear to be native to their earthy surroundings and can be found throughout Salt Spring Island of British Columbia, Canada. Schubart homes are built of wood and glass, suffused with light, and oriented to views. They showcase design elements that are harmonious with nature;  random-width cedar siding, exposed beams and rusticated stonework.

In her new book, author Michele Dunkerley takes readers through the life and architecture of Henry A. Schubart, beginning with his early career as an architect at the San Franchisco architecture firm of Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons  to his enduring legacy as the de facto community architect of Salt Spring Island. Schubart’s innovativeness and creativity helped to define Salt Spring Island as a place where the homes are at one with nature.

On August 9th from 6:30-8pm, Dunkerley will lead a lively discussion about her book at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.  Her talk will feature stunning photography taken by Jim Alinder of Schubart's work and tales from her personal journey discovering more about the man, who had an indelible impact on residential island architecture in the Pacific Northwest. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and signed copies of the book will be available.  For more information and to buy the book, please visit

Check out photographs of Schubart's incredible architecture here:

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