Clark County Historical Museum honors local architect

The Clark County Historical Museum honored architect John Yeon on Thursday for his efforts to preserve the scenic landscape of Washington state’s Columbia River Gorge.

Born in Oregon in 1910, Yeon was a regional leader in architectural style as it developed throughout the 20th century, according to the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

In the 1930s, Yeon became nationally recognized as an architect and designer, using native Northwest woods and motifs in his designs. Yeon eventually created what became known as the Pacific Northwest Regional style of architectural design.

Yeon was not merely influenced by the northwest in his design style, but has worked to preserve the landscape of the region. He has served on various government committees to better steward northwest land. Yeons’s most enduring environmental and landscape project is The Shire.

The Shire is a 75 acre plot of land on the Washington side of the Columbia River across from Multnomah Falls, and Yeons’s efforts helped preserve the land and guard it from development. Additionally, The Shire serves as a center for education, which allows people to study natural landscape, and learn more about preservation issues in the northwest region.

In honor of Yeon’s work with The Shire, the Clark County Historical Museum and the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission hosted the event, which featured a presentation about Yeon by Randy Gragg. Gragg serves as the Executive Director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies at the University of Oregon.

Photo Credit: University of Oregon John Yeon Center

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