Menu of courses,seminars and presentations by Wm. Mark Parry for 2014

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The following menu of courses can be presented as 45-60 minute summaries or introductions to the course content, two to six hour seminars of full courses for higher educational institutions. Wm. Mark Parry is a practicing architect and passionate educator in Architectural history, design and construction team leadership and the practice of  Artisan Architecture. A printable PDF is here: Seminars and Coursework 2014 Mark Parry Architect and Architectural Historian presents: A … Read More →

New Course-Architecture: The Mirror of the Times

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Architecture is a mirror of the economics, technology and intentions of the time of it’s creation. It expresses in built form the values and priorities of it’s creators. Mark Parry architect and historian will review in this Santa Rosa Junior College community education course these various influences on design and construction in American residential architecture from 1640-2014. Three Tuesday evenings February 4-18 Th 2014 7:00 pm.-9:00 pm. Doyle Library room 4245 enter … Read More →

Julia Morgan (1872-1957) Architect of Beauty

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The second edition of “Julia Morgan, Architect of Beauty” was recently available at Costco. This in no small way displays the continuing interest in the architecture of this amazing American architect. I did not notice any other local architects in attendance at the presentation by Author Mark Anthony Wilson on her work at the Petaluma Rail Station in May 2013, but the room was full of an enthusiastic public. In … Read More →

Frank Lloyd Wright-Architectural Interiors

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A discussion on the architectural Interiors of Frank Loyd Wright by Mark Parry November 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, Ca 95482 F.L. Wright often paraphrased Lu Tse ” the reality of the house consists not of the roof an walls but of the spaces to be lived within”.  His interiors and his architecture where synonymous.  In the … Read More →

Frank Lloyd Wright: Man, Myth, Architecture.

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Santa Rosa JC Community Education Course by Mark Parry Wed. & Thu. September 25-26, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM 4245 Frank P. Doyle Library, Santa Rosa Campus The AIA recognized Frank Lloyd Wright as ‘the greatest American Architect of all time’ 32 years after his death. They waited that long because Wright said that of himself and they were not pleased. He preferred ‘honest arrogance to hypocritical humility.’ Wright’s radical and dramatic … Read More →

Is Modern Architecture Avant-garde?

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I love great modern architecture. Regrettably, other than new materials, little that is truly innovative or fresh has been contributed to the idom of modernist design in recent decades.   In my consideration the idea train for modern architecture got to the station about 1964 and everyone is still standing around applauding. In a recent interview in Salon.com Camille Paglia spoke my very mind.  For architecture to be un-tethered from it’s … Read More →

AIAre 2013 Architectural Bike Tour

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Mark Parry donned his historic architectural bike helmet to guide one of three segments of the Redwood Empire AIA 2013 Bike Tour of Santa Rosa. The tour included the 1924 Proctor Terrace and the 1870  McDonald Additions to the city of Santa Rosa. Artisan Architecture was a sponsor of the event. The McDonald Addition was developed by Mark McDonald in 1877. McDonald bought a seat in the San Francisco Stock Exchange after a time as an engineer in … Read More →

The Whiffen House

Wiffen House

The Whiffen house was created by Cal Straub for international renewed, author, historian, and professor of Architectural History Marcus Whiffen (1916-2002) . It was designed in 1963 built in 1964 and demolished in 2009. In 2009 it was in entirely original condition that had seen minimal changes and even maintenance in its 46 years. Although a little rough at the edges it was yet then a testament to the effectiveness … Read More →

Frank Lloyd Wrights Archives moved to New York – save the David Wright house

Dear friends of Artisan Architects, I was hit with a surprised grief and realization that an end of an era of architecture is upon us. I received  notification from my client and friend, Contractor Jay True mentioned the news that the Frank Lloyd Wrights Archives will be moved to New York.  An architect friend who practices in Phoenix immediately responded to the forwarded news with “They’re going to a far, … Read More →

Brainard Jones presentation October 29 th 2013

Brainerd Jones. Photo courtesy Petaluma Museum

The work of Artisan Architect Brainerd Jones (1865-1949) will be the topic of a presentation by Mark Parry at the Cloverdale Historical Society on Tuesday October 29th from 7:00-8:00 pm. The discussion will feature the Vintage Towers a residence of his design currently welcoming guests as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. Other works include the Comstock House. A meticulously preserved First Bay Region Tradition grand home in it’s original 1905 condition. Jones who is … Read More →