West Coast Modern Week Film Screening: Arthur Erickson's Dyde House, Q&A with Max Amerongen, Trevor Boddy, and Dr. Lee Foote

July 12, 2024, 7—9 pm

Cost: Adults $15; seniors/students $12

Tickets: Available here

Location: Kay Meek Arts Centre, Grosvenor Theatre

Join us for a screening of Arthur Erickson’s Dyde House, a new documentary about an early Arthur Erickson house located just outside of Edmonton. This film tells the story of the house, its architect, its clients, and the broader context in which it was built.

In 1959, Sandy and Bobby Dyde purchased a piece of land in a forest outside of Edmonton, to protect it from encroaching development.  Most of this land became the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens, but they set aside a small piece for a summer home for themselves. Bobby’s Montreal art world friends suggested they hire a young, and relatively unknown UBC architecture professor named Arthur Erickson. They asked, and he accepted. 


Built shortly after the Filberg house, but before Smith II or Graham, the Dyde House was one of Erickson’s first masonry buildings and his first project outside of BC. It shows an early example of the ‘flying beams’ that characterize his work and demonstrates that his awareness of landscape was already in place at this early stage in his career. Just after the Dyde House was completed, the Simon Fraser University commission changed the course of Erickson’s career. 

Due to the private nature of the clients, this project was not publicized and has not been given the same coverage as his other work. The film tells the story of the house, its architect, and the broader context in which it was built. 


This screening will feature a Q&A with Max Amerongen (Producer, Sticks and Stones), Trevor Boddy, and Dr. Lee Foote.


A West Vancouver Art Museum and Kay Meek Arts Centre Co-presentation.

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