Oral history interview with Paul Thiry, 1983 September 15-16
Thiry, Paul, 1904-1993
Clausen, Meredith L.
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Transcript: 97 pages.
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 16 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Paul Thiry conducted 1983 September 15-16, by Meredith L. Clausen, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project at the artist's home.
Thiry speaks of his early years in Nome, San Francisco, Paris, and Seattle; the decision to become an architect; his early designs; the influence of Japanese architecture; his work in public housing architecture; current trends in architecture; regional influences; church design; shopping center design; the Beaux Arts style; and the importance of history and diversity in modern design.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Paul Thiry, 1983 September 15-16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Location of Originals:
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Paul Thiry (1904-1993) was an architect from Seattle, Washington.
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001