Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Thiry, Paul, FAIA, Architect (firm); Paul Albert Thiry Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1956

Ellensburg, WA

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In the "Custom Built" category, the Thiry Vacation House was cited as one of the seven best houses in the West by the American Institute of Architects and Sunset Magazine in 1957. The jury for this award program was star-studded: George Pardee, a builder; Harwell H. Harris, architect and educator; Thomas D. Church, San Francisco landscape architect; Gardner Dailey, FAIA, San Francisco architect; Charles Eames, architect and designer; Carl Koch, Boston architect and Jury Chairman.

Architect's own house; this weekend retreat consisted of two shallowly-pitched gable-roofed boxes of different sizes set on the banks of a body of water. The smaller gable was glazed covering a small, concrete-walled building; the larger building had long, solid gable, but was illuminated by a glass wall facing the waterfront.

PCAD id: 10518