California Arts & Crafts Film Nights at Washington Hall

BeautifulSimplicity blog

Historic Seattle invites you to enjoy three outstanding films produced by Paul Bockhorst on Arts & Crafts architecture in Southern and Northern California and the visionary architecture of Bernard Maybeck. Historic Seattle supplies the place—Washington Hall—and the popcorn and pop. You’ll see familiar and not so familiar examples of buildings and interiors by the region’s most accomplished and imaginative designers with commentary and critique by outstanding scholars and authors.  

February 7 – Tonight’s film: Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California

Southern California was fertile ground for the Arts & Crafts movement, which called for simple living, closeness to nature, the unification of art and craft, and regionally appropriate forms of architecture. The movement influenced a number of important architects working in Southern California and produced a wide array of houses, churches, schools, and other buildings that reflect Arts & Crafts values. Beautiful Simplicity examines the rich body of Arts & Crafts architecture in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. It introduces viewers to more than a dozen architects who pursued Arts & Crafts ideals, including Charles and Henry Greene, Irving Gill, Arthur Benton, Sumner Hunt, Frederick Roehrig, Louis B. Easton, Sylvanus Marston, and Arthur and Alfred Heineman. It also highlights the significance of the Craftsman bungalow, which helped democratize home ownership in America.

Sponsored by Northwest Film Forum

Tonight’s film event is from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave., Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood). Free parking is available in the adjacent lot or on-street parking. Online registration for tonight’s movie is closed but you may pay at the door. Individual tickets – general public: $15; members: $10; students: $5. You may also purchase a film pass for all three films online or at the door: $35 general public; $25 members; $15 students.

To register for the February 14 and 21 screenings (or film series pass), call Historic Seattle at 206-622-6952 or register online for the February 14 (Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California) and February 21 (Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck) film screenings.