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Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $35

David Eyre house designed by Van Evera Bailey, cover of July 1954 Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Oreg. Hist. Soc. Research Lib., bb003652

Bailey’s house on his unique stilt configuration Photo courtesy of Hope Svenson

Unidentified Van Evera Bailey house in California

original photo: Sally Painter

original photo: Sally Painter

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Ticketing closes Monday, May 4th at 9:00 AM. No tickets will be sold after that time!

2015 Mid-Century Modern Tour featuring the residential work of Van Evera Bailey

Modernism released us from the constraints of everything that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom. – Arthur Erickson

Over six Portland area homes and buildings designed by the influential, but under-recognized architect Van Evera Bailey will be featured in Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.

The tour will present the first opportunity for many to step inside Van Evera Bailey’s residential work. Homes on tour will illustrate the evolution of his work and the NW Regional style.

You can get a taste of Bailey’s style from Janet Eastman’s article in the Oregonian.

This year our homes will be fairly close together and clustered in SW Portland and Lake Oswego. Please be aware that due to their locations  tour-goers may have to park on a cross street and walk two or more blocks along some hilly roads or driveways to access these homes. We are not recommending this tour for those with mobility issues. 

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.

This is a self-guided, self-driving tour. Directions, maps and addresses are provided to tour-goers at the check-in location.

There is a companion talk, Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism:

Friday, May 8th at 7:00 pm in the Central Lutheran Church in Irvington. Our program will provide insights on Bailey and the scope of his career, along with disucussions on interior design & preservation of Modern architecture and it all takes place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church.

**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. Find out more

About Van Evera Bailey

When Van Bailey built you a house he joined your family and moved in. When John Yeon built you a house you moved in and acceded to his ascetic precision and refinement; you became a custodian of a Yeon house. When Belluschi built a house you became aware of 2000 years of civilized transaction. – Douglas Lynch

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Van Evera Bailey was one of the architects who developed the Northwest Regional Style of architecture popularized in the Pacific Northwest, along with Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon and Saul Zaik. Born in Portland in 1903, Bailey apprenticed locally and then traveled the world working in New Zealand and Southern California before returning to Portland in 1936. In 1940, California architect Richard Neutra hired him as the local supervising architect for the Jan de Graaff house in Dunthorpe, a Portland suburb.  The house, which included some of Bailey’s ideas, received national exposure and gave him his first big break.

Bailey’s modern homes include large windows and deep overhangs. He designed a new and beautiful type of stilt system to deal with the challenges of hillside construction.

Read more about Van Evera Bailey in the Oregon Encyclopedia and on Portland Modern.

Tickets for the Tour

Tickets for the 2015 tour and companion talk are on sale now!

Ticket 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.

Click here for tickets and information about the companion talk on Friday evening: Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism

For press passes to the tour and information please email us at info@restoreoregon.org.

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the 2015 tour, please email Tom Atiyeh, TomA@restoreoregon.org.

Our Generous Sponsors for the 2015 tour:

Kmadison Restore AD
Aurora Mills
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Arciform Ad


Restore Oregon


Lake Oswego United Methodist Church
1855 South Shore Blvd., Lake Oswego, OR 97034

5 Responses to Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

  1. Terri jones February 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Very excited to attend this year!!

  2. Queen of Fifty Cents February 4, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Can’t wait to get my hands on those tix – I’ve had this event on my calendar for months!

  3. Ben Bowen December 17, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    The tour sounds fantastic, and something some of my clients would be interested in. Off to share!


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Cut and paste this letter and add your personal comments. In addition to your Representative and Senator, send a copy to info@restoreoregon.org and to the Senate Finance Committee: anna.grimes@state.or.us



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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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