Our 2017 Mid-Century Modern Tour will spotlight the residential work of master architect William Fletcher.
Our tour marks the first time these homes have ever been open to the public, or curated as a group.
Fletcher, founder of the architectural firm Fletcher Farr Ayotte (now known as FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc.), began his career in 1955, in the basement of his home. The following year, he established an office in downtown Portland, where he shared space with Saul Zaik, Donald Blair, John Reese, Frank Blachly, Alex Pierce and designer George Schwarz. This cohort later became known as the 14th Street Gang of architects.
An Unapologetic Modernist
Initially, Fletcher found inspiration in the works of Mies van der Rohe and the International Style movement. He later joined contemporaries John Yeon, Pietro Belluschi, John Storrs, and Van Evera Bailey to help shape the Northwest Regional Style of architecture, sometimes referred to as Northwest Modernism.
Constructed primarily of wood native to the Pacific Northwest
Fletcher’s homes employ strong geometry and a deft use of proportion. Fletcher’s careful attention to site placement helps his mid-century dwellings overcome the lighting challenges unique to our region, and allows them to blend effortlessly into the landscape. Later in his career, Fletcher brought these same approaches — and his unique aesthetic — to several well-known commercial projects, including Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon, and Rex Hill Winery in Newberg.
Restore Oregon’s 2017 Mid-Century Modern Tour: A Three-Part Event
LEARN: Understand exactly who William Fletcher is and his “modernism” vision during a lecture on “The Work and Legacy of William Fletcher, Northwest Modernist.”
EXPERIENCE: Walk through and experience his residential work in several houses throughout the Portland Metro area.
CELEBRATE: Tour goers enjoy an After-Tour Celebration, hosted by our friends at Rejuvenation, to celebrate Fletcher’s work and meet other architects and mid-century modern enthusiasts.
Mid-Century Modern Tour of Works by William Fletcher
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10am – 4pm
$45 General Admission / $35 Restore Oregon Members
Advance ticket purchase required
Lecture: “The Work and Legacy of William Fletcher, Northwest Modernist”
After-tour Party: Celebrate Fletcher at Rejuvenation
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 6pm – 7pm
Exclusive after-tour party open only to Mid-Century Modern ticket holders
Held at Rejuvenation’s Flagship Store in SE Portland
This event will sell out!
Purchase tickets at https://restoreoregon.org/event/mcm/. For more information, please call 503-243-1923.
Interested in volunteering for the Mid-Century Modern Tour?
Welcome tour guests and get an insiders’ view of the home tour while having fun and meeting new people. If you are interested in volunteering for our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, please email Kirsten Sandberg, our volunteer MCM Home Tour Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com.