(Solebury) -- The former suburban Philadelphia home of a celebrated furniture designer and woodworker has been designated a national historic landmark.
The federal Department of the Interior has called the George Nakashima Woodworker Complex in Bucks County significant for its Japanese-influenced structures.
It says the work of Nakashima, who died in 1990, expresses a worldview formed by his architectural education and exposure to European Modernism, Eastern religious philosophy and traditional Japanese craft traditions -- some of which he learned while interned along with other Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
The agency says he became "an important voice for the artist craftsmen helping to create a new paradigm for studio furniture production in the postwar period.''
The complex in Solebury Township joins more than 2,500 other sites recognized nationwide as places with exceptional value in illustrating or interpreting the country's heritage.
The National Historic Landmarks Program is one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service that provides technical assistance, recognition and funding for important sites.
Pennsylvania listed the Solebury property on the national registry of historic places in 2008.
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