Dr. Arnold and Dolores Hurtado commissioned the design and construction of their Lake Oswego house in 1962. A native of New York City, and the son of a Guatemalan immigrant musician, Hurtado joined the U.S. Navy in 1943. As an officer, he served in Okinawa as part of the American occupation government. Upon discharge from the military, Hurtado attended Oberlin College where he met and married Dolores Kremarek. He earned his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1952 and joined the Department of Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in 1956. Over the course of nearly five decades with the company Hurtado served as Chief of Medicine, area medical director for the Sunnyside Region, and was integrally involved with the Center for Health Research.
Dolores Hurtado was a social worker who served the community for decades in various capacities. She volunteered on the boards of both the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Portland Community Council, a social welfare organization. Her engagement with Democratic Party politics frequently involved the use of the Palisades Terrace house for meetings. In 1984, after years of leadership in Portland’s energy conservation efforts, Dolores Hurtado became the first Executive Director of Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.
William Fletcher’s design for the Hurtado House includes elements typical of his homes from this era:
- A flat roof with rectilinear massing
- Floor to ceiling window walls
- An entry sheltered by projecting wings
- Emphasis on natural materials such as wood siding
- Careful site planning to maximize integration with nature and views of Lake Oswego
Join Restore Oregon and fellow mid-century modern enthusiasts to see the Hurtado House on Lake Oswego and other works by architect William Fletcher at the 2017 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour:
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10am – 4pm
$45 General Admission / $35 Restore Oregon Members / Advance ticket purchase required
The tour includes a lecture,“The Work and Legacy of William Fletcher, Northwest Modernist,”By Troy Ainsworth, Principal of FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc. and an after tour party at celebrating Fletcher at Rejuvenation in SE Portland. Learn more about the tour or purchase tickets below.