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Living in a Work of Art – The Architecture of Pietro Belluschi

May 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pietro Belluschi

Pietro Belluschi

Burkes-Belluschi House Entrance (Photo by Sally Painter)

Burkes-Belluschi House Entrance
(Photo by Sally Painter)


Designed by Pietro Belluschi
photo by Jack Bookwalter

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Burkes-Belluschi House
photo by Sally Painter

Living in a Work of Art – The Architecture of Pietro Belluschi

A presentation by Anthony Belluschi FAIA

Friday, May 9 at 7pm, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

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It was the modernist design of the Portland Art Museum in 1932 that launched the career of internationally acclaimed architect Pietro Belluschi.  Pietro’s architect son, Tony, will discuss the unique experience of inhabiting Belluschi buildings and the significance of Pietro’s contributions to Pacific Northwest Regional Modernism.  He will provide information about the notable design features of Belluschi homes and his own recent work to preserve, restore and revitalize some of Pietro’s houses.  Tony will also share insights about learning from and working with his father.

This program is being co-sponsored by the Portland Art Museum and Restore Oregon (formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon), with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

Those interested in personally experiencing Belluschi design may want to participate in our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour the following day, featuring six Portland area homes by Pietro Belluschi.  This is the first time such a collection of his residential work has been available for viewing, and includes the Burkes-Belluschi House, where Pietro lived from 1973 until his passing in 1994, and where Tony and his wife, Marti, currently live.

It’s a weekend of Mid-Century Modern! Home tour tickets are sold out, but you can still join us for the after-party and learn about Radical Restoration at the Beluschi Pavilion…

Mid-Century Modern / Belluschi Home Tour

Saturday, May 10th, 10am – 4pm


Six Portland area homes designed by Pietro Belluschi will be open during Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 10th. Curated by Belluschi’s son, Anthony, who is himself an accomplished architect, the tour presents the first opportunity for Belluschi fans to step inside such a collection of his residential work. Tickets for the Home Tour are currently sold out


Everyone’s Invited!

Saturday May 10th, at 6:30pm


Join Rejuvenation and Restore Oregon for Mix: Modern, a night-long celebration of mid-century modern design mixed and matched in heretofore unknown ways according to contemporary sensibilities, everywhere from inside the home (near and dear to all our hearts) to out on the street – that’s right, we’re talking fashion. Cocktails, music, prizes and more…


Radical Restoration: Saving the Houses of Pietro Belluschi and Frank Lloyd Wright

May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Belluschi Pavilian (image courtesy of DOCOMOMO)

DoCoMoMo-Oregon is planning a companion event to Restore Oregon’s May 10th “Midcentury Modern”  homes tour.  The DoCoMoMo event, “Radical Restoration: Saving the Houses of Pietro Belluschi and Frank Lloyd Wright ”, will take place on Sunday May 11th, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on the campus of Marylhurst University.



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May 9, 2014
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Whitsell Auditorium – Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue , Portland, OR OR United States
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Dear ________,

Our historic downtown is the cultural and economic core of the community and members of our downtown business association and city government are working hard to bring the district back to life.  But the cost of much-needed building restoration, code compliance, and seismic retrofitting remains financially out of reach in many cases.

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We urge you to support and advocate for The Revitalize Main Street Act (SB 565) as a modest, cost-effective investment that will help revitalize our downtown and pay dividends for decades to come in the form of new jobs, income and property taxes, cultural heritage and tourism, business incubation, seismic safety, and the reuse of existing infrastructure.

The Revitalize Main Street Act creates a state Historic Rehabilitation Fund to provide a 25% rebate for the certified rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings – stores, hotels, theaters, apartments, factories, mills, etc.  It would be funded by the public auction of state income tax credits (similar to the Oregon Film Production Credit) at a capped amount of $12M per year.  The money stays here in Oregon and we end up with long term, tangible assets.

An economic impact study conducted by EcoNorthwest states that Oregon would be economically better off with this incentive.  In 2018 with a state investment of just $10.6M we would see:

  • 4X more buildings restored than without the state incentive.
  • 1,369 jobs per year generating income of $25.5M.
  • $2.3M net increase in property taxes per year to pay for schools and services.
  • $13.3M new federal Historic Tax Credit dollars invested in Oregon per year.
  • $35.8M net annual increase in direct development spending.

Historic rehabilitation incentives have been proven effective in 35 other states as a targeted means to attract private investment and capture more federal tax credit dollars. This is particularly important in smaller towns.

It’s time for the state to invest in Oregon’s Main Streets and pass the Revitalize Main Street Act in 2015.




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