by Alfred Willis, PhD, independent architectural historian, retired Professor of Architecture
Thursday, December 1 at, 7:00 p.m. online via Zoom
Free, but registration required. Email David Breiner <David.Breiner@jefferson.edu> no later than 8:00 PM on Nov 30 to receive the Zoom link.
A Kentucky native and 1931 architecture graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Joe Bright set up an independent practice in 1949 in his wife’s hometown of Valdosta, Georgia, in 1949. His fledgling firm distinguished itself as the producer of many of the most notable of the town’s first Modernist buildings. Alongside them Bright also designed a number of dramatic houses in which he combined Colonial Revival stylistic effects with Modern principles of composition. Tracing his career provides a chance to explore how a mid-20th-century architect could negotiate the tension between tradition and innovation to produce a coherent body of work whose qualities have become all the more apparent in a retrospect informed by the Postmodernism of the Philadelphia School.