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American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter
"One would see Ibsen often about the town, regularly in the company of his great friend and ally Fred Bassetti or George Bartholick, Victor Steinbrueck, Al Bumgardner or others (see photo below) – a colleague sincere in praise as in criticism. His straight slim figure, dapperly attired in summer tans with a straw hat, and his natural and unaffectedly courtly ways, invited comparison to a romantic figure in an Ingmar Bergman movie. With his luxuriant whiskers and gently scratchy voice, he came across at other times as the gruff and brooding Dane, speaking with concern or despair of things he found abhorrent -- especially the dangers of design that failed to embody the simplicity and naturalness consistent with his vision of the true 'Northwest architecture.'"
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