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 2015 Tour
Several Portland area homes and buildings designed by Van Evera Bailey will be open during Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on 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 span several decades and include at least one earlier pre-NW Modern work. 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.
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
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 overhanges. 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 -
Restore Oregon members can purchase tickets early and at a discount. Tickets for the 2015 tour will go on sale in February for Restore Oregon Members, in March for the general public. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the 2015 tour, please email Tom Atiyeh, TomA@restoreoregon.org.