SPOMa: Spokane Modern Architecture, 1948–73


An upcoming exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture was initially conceived as a way to showcase the achievements of a small group of Spokane architects at the height of the Mid-Century Modern movement. It turns out, though, that there’s a lot more to the story.

Through vintage photography, original drawings, published materials, lighting, and furnishings, SPOMa: Spokane Modern Architecture, 1948–73 takes a look at the city’s Modern “form-givers,” the importance of their output, and the extent to which they shaped the character and personality of Spokane and the surrounding region.

The exhibit opens March 2 in the museum’s main gallery, and will run for eight months. In addition to curating the project, helveticka is responsible for research, design, writing, fabrication, and installation oversight.