Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park--page 1 (of 2 pages)

Carl F. Gould

An art moderne building

Carl Gould, who graduated from the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and apprenticed under McKim, Mead & White (see Index), designed a number of buildings in Seattle. Some designs were for Terra Cotta Town and others for the University of Washington campus including the Suzzallo Library (in Tudor Gothic style). Here in yet a different style, this Art Deco gem was once the Seattle Art Gallery, which is now located in central downtown. This thirties building was right in style since art deco was the most popular style from about 1925 to 1939. It is characterized by sweeping horizontal lines, curvilinear forms, rounded corners, stepped forms, plain surfaces, abstract decorative details suggesting streamlined modernity, and the use of materials like aluminum, stainless steel, and inlaid wood. (See, for other examples, my site on Art Deco architecture in Miami.)

Curved and stepped forms and aluminum Art Deco windows in geometric patterns


The symmetrical building with curved, fluted ends and Art Deco benches


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