Oral history interview with Pietro Belluschi

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bellus83
Creators:
Belluschi, Pietro, 1899-1994
Clausen, Meredith L.
Dates:
1983 August 22-September 4
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
78 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Pietro Belluschi conducted 1983 August 22-September 4, by Meredith Clausen, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
Scope and Contents
Belluschi speaks of his family background, his military service, his education, the beginning of his interest and experience in architecture, his gradual transition into modernism and his experiences as a dean at M.I.T. He discusses his design philosophy and the roles of style versus problem solving, shopping center design, church design, the stylistic differences between architects, and historic preservation. He comments on the influence of Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto on his work and talks about some of his major designs, including the Portland Art Museum, the Equitable Building, the Seattle Convention Center, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994) was an architect from Portland, Oregon.

Administration
Existence and Location of Originals
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.

General
General
Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 10 min.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Architecture -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Church architecture -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architects -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Le Corbusier, 1887-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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