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

May 11, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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.


Interior of Gordon House (photo by EncMstr Wikimedia Commons)

Interior of Gordon House
(photo by EncMstr Wikimedia Commons)

Gordon House in Silverton (photo by Kgettys Wikimedia Commons)

Gordon House in Silverton
(photo by Kgettys Wikimedia Commons)

Marylhurst’s new  Belluschi Pavilion is almost complete, representing the successful re-construction of a mid-century home that was meticulously de-constructed and stored before finding its new home.  Learn more about the challenges faced by this project and those overcome by the team who helped move Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Gordon House several years ago.

The two-hour program will include presentations from our panelists related to both houses, and will include ample time for audience questions and answers.  Following the panel discussion attendees will be invited to tour the Belluschi Pavilion.

Tickets: $10 for DoCoMoMo or Restore Oregon members / $15 non-members

Contact Becca Cavell at bcavell@thaarchitecture.com to secure your ticket.

Learn more about DoCoMoMo – the International modernism advocacy group –  here: http://docomomo-us.org/

And follow DoCoMoMo – Oregon on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Docomomo-Oregon/293736504100399

It’s a weekend of Mid-Century Modern! Check out the rest of the schedule…

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

A presentation by Anthony Belluschi FAIA

Friday May 9th, at 7:00pm
Pietro’s architect son, Tony, will discuss the unique experience of Belluschi buildings and the significance of Pietro’s contributions to Pacific Northwest Regional Modernism.  This is a separate ticketed event with limited seating.  Tickets: $10 for Restore Oregon members, $15 for the general public.

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*Attendees who also purchase tour tickets can check-in for the tour and receive their guide books when they present both tickets at the Whitsell Auditorium beginning at 6:15 on the evening of the talk.

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 sold separately


The Post-Tour Party!

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…


May 11, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR 97036 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.

[insert personal comments or an example of a needy building here. ie ] is an example.

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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