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Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

May 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

original photo: Sally Painter

original photo: Sally Painter

Tour-goers in the Belluschi House (photo: Drew Nasto)

Sutor House reflected in light fixture

Sutor House reflected in light fixture (photo by Drew Nasto)

Saul Zaik outside his home

Saul Zaik outside his home on the 3rd annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour of Saul Zaik houses. (photo by Drew Nasto)

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Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

The annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour raises awareness of modernism as a historic architectural style.


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


This is a self-guided, self-driving tour. Directions, maps and addresses are provided to tour-goers. Each year we have homes with challenging locations and due to this, the tour is not recommended for those who cannot navigate stairs or slopes.

The 2014 Tour

Six Portland area homes designed by Pietro Belluschi were open during Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 10th, 2014. Curated by Belluschi’s son, Anthony, who is himself an accomplished architect, the tour presented the first opportunity for Belluschi fans to step inside such a collection of his residential work. Homes on tour span several decades and included the Burkes-Belluschi House where Pietro lived until his passing in 1994. “In addition to celebrating the work of a master, the goal for our tour is to draw attention to the need for thoughtful preservation of Modern architecture,” says Restore Oregon’s Executive Director, Peggy Moretti. “Many of the homes on our tour 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.”

About Pietro Belluschi

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Known internationally as a key innovator in the development of an elegant modernism often referred to as the International style, Belluschi’s residences were particularly suited to the materials and climate of the Pacific Northwest. Belluschi’s work was widely admired and resulted in his appointment as dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over his long career Belluschi designed or collaborated on over 1,000 buildings. Notable commercial work includes the Portland Art Museum and the Equitable (Commonwealth) Building in Portland, the Julliard School of Music and Pan American Building in New York, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Bank of American Building in San Francisco, and scores of churches from Oregon to Rhode Island. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991 for his lifetime achievements.

Tickets for the Tour -

Restore Oregon members can purchase tickets early and at a discount. Tickets for the 2015 tour will go on sale next February.  The 2014 Tour sold out weeks before the event and we encourage those who wish to attend the 2015 tour to become members and get their tickets early.  Join Restore Oregon!

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.

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

Our Generous Sponsors for the 2014 tour:



May 9, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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3 Responses to Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

  1. Jerry Pike May 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Is there any way to get addresses before the tour so I can make my own google maps? I took the Saul Zaik tour last year and the maps were poor at best.

    Jerry Pike
    Pike Architecture

    • Denise Bartelt May 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi Jerry,

      We are not giving out addresses before the tour, but we did take comments regarding directions to heart. We have improved maps and we will have turn-by-turn directions for those who need them. The directions will be upon request, we don’t want everyone following the same route. And we will have a link to the Google map for anyone with a smart phone. The addresses will be listed on the maps for those who use a gps. I hope that makes you feel a bit better, we certainly want it to be an easy, enjoyable day for everyone!


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