There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it? – Mr. McGuire in The Graduate (1967)
On May 14th Restore Oregon will present the Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour. The tour focuses on the mid-century, but the “House of Tomorrow” premise has been with us since at least the early 1900’s. The many World’s Fairs and Expos over the decades have presented conceptual homes featuring innovative materials, construction systems, and fittings to entertain fair-goers – and above all to promote industry.
Now these futuristic homes are themselves historic. The optimism in design remains intact, and offers us insight to this period of American history, and how we have changed as a culture. Read more about our theme, then join us in a tour which celebrates the Houses of Tomorrow.
In addition to celebrating Mid-Century architecture, the goal for our tour is to draw attention to the need for thoughtful preservation of Modern architecture. Homes on the tour may have been lovingly restored, but there are so many more Modern buildings whose historic significance remains unrecognized, and are very much in need of stewardship.
Tickets are non-refundable and all proceeds benefit the programs of Restore Oregon, a non-profit devoted to saving Oregon’s historic places, from the pioneer through modern eras.
This is a self-guided, self-driving tour. A souvenir tour booklet with maps, addresses, descriptions and photos of the houses featured on the tour is provided to tour-goers at the check-in location at the Tenth Church of Christ Scientist, 5736 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202.
Checking in & Logistics:
Tour-goers who attend the Friday companion talk may check in at that event and bypass Saturday morning check-in.
Check-in opens 9:00am Saturday, May 14th,
At: Tenth Church of Christ Scientist, 5736 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Houses open at 10:00am and close at 4:00pm
Check-in will close at 12:30pm
Note: these are private homes, so there are no mobility accommodations.
Please no children under 12 years of age unless they are babes in arms
No pets, food or drink in these homes.
If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the 2016 tour, please email Sarah Heath. Sarah@restoreoregon.org. For press passes to the tour and information please email us at email@example.com.
Friday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. | Ticketed Separately $10-$15
Our program will provide insights into the elements that represent the vision of tomorrow in the houses on the following day’s tour as well as discussions about post-war design, materials and gadgetry.
The talk will once again take place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church with a new larger screen for a clear view of the presentations.
**Tour ticket holders who attend the talk will be able to check in and receive their tour booklets at the Friday evening talk, bypassing Saturday morning registration.
Exclusively For Restore Oregon Members and Their Guests
Saturday May 14th, at 6:00pm | Rejuvenation showroom, PDX
Join Restore Oregon and Rejuvenation as we team up to throw a fab party celebrating the “swinging” era of sharp duds, hip décor, and really boss music.
Doors open at 6:00 pm, party goes until 9:00 pm.
Join us for the fun as we say Thank You! to our valued members. Members are welcome to bring one guest. Please RSVP!