Tour Day – Modernism, Japanese Carpentry, and the Garden: Preserving the Architecture of Junzo Yoshimura

October 7, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Kykuit (NY), and Manitoga (NY)
Kara Petraglia

Day one of a two day conference of the North American Japanese Garden Association, this full day tour will begin and end at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and includes bus travel and admission to two other architectural treasures. Tour Day will explore the architectural and design legacy of Junzo Yoshimura (1908 -1997) and Russell Wright (1904-1976) in two estates that embrace the Japanese garden experience: Kykuit and Manitoga.

Traditional Japanese design shares common ground with Mid-century modern aesthetics in the emphasis on buildings and the outdoors as integrated spaces, and in abiding by a principle of artful simplicity and functionality. Yoshimura and Wright  are two of the design stalwarts from the last century who have explored this nexus between the two design traditions and executed their vision through notable examples of Modernist architecture in a garden setting.

Guests will learn firsthand how Yoshimura’s heritage in Shofuso is being preserved through traditional Japanese craftsmanship and take away some insights on how to start properly documenting heritage structures for the purpose of preservation in your own communities.

Day two of the conference on October 8th will focus on preservation and Japanese carpentry. Join us for one or both days. JASGP and NAJGA members receive a discount on tickets. Members should contact Membership and Development Manager Kara Petraglia for their discount code.

A portion of proceeds benefit the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Roof Restoration Fund.

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