The son of Oregon pioneers, Walter D. Pugh spent his career as an architect building landmarks throughout his home state. From designing the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and supervising the installation of the state capitol dome in Salem, Oregon, to drawing the plans for the Crook County Courthouse in Prineville, Oregon, Pugh had a hand in a wide variety of buildings. In less than 25 years, he worked on more than 100 projects before fading into obscurity. Many of these structures are still standing, a testament to his skill even after his contributions have been all but forgotten. Join author and historian Terence Emmons as he explores the life and legacy of one of Oregon’s foremost architects in Pioneering Oregon Architect W.D. Pugh.
Emmons is a fourth-generation Oregonian. He attended the University of Washington and UC Berkeley, and was a history professor at Stanford for many years prior to retiring to the Applegate Valley in Oregon.