While John Yeon's overall creative output was relatively small, his life and career present an expansive and complex topic for any author to tackle. In John Yeon: Modern Architecture and Conservation in the Pacific Northwest, Marc Treib has undertaken this task in a manner as distinguished and thorough as his subject. Yeon was a self-taught architect, landscape architect, conservationist, preservationist, and art collector, whose architecture was widely celebrated during the later 1930s and early 1950s but ultimately faded from standard studies of the field.

Born in 1910 to Elizabeth Mock and John Baptiste Yeon II, a self-made businessman who accrued a fortune in lumber and real estate,...

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