Q&A with Michele Dunkerley
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I was introduced by my real estate agent to Hank Schubart’s houses on Salt Spring Island in 2003. “It’s a Schubart,” she said as we walked through theI was introduced by my real estate agent to Hank Schubart’s houses on Salt Spring Island in 2003. “It’s a Schubart,” she said as we walked through the unassuming front entrance of what is now my home. And thus began my journey researching and exploring the life and work of Hank Schubart. This project began as a way to introduce the larger world to Schubart’s work on Salt Spring Island. In return, I have been introduced to an extraordinary man.
Houses Made of Wood and Light introduces the reader to Schubart’s story, from his time as one of the youngest apprentices at Wright’s newly created fellowship program, Taliesin, to his time on Salt Spring Island. In between, he was present when California Modernism was founded and became a master of that style during his time in San Francisco. This book chronicles Schubart’s growth as an architect. But ultimately it was Schubart’s strong political opposition of the Vietnam War that prompted his move to Canada and Salt Spring Island which became not only a political haven for Schubart, but also a community where his creative practice would become an enduring legacy....more