Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour Recap

Despite changeable weather, about 600 visitors attended the 2016 Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour on Saturday, May 14.


The events began on Friday evening with an education program at the Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church in Irvington. The program included plenty of opportunities for laughter as the mid-century vision of the future was compared with how we live today.

Three speakers discussed historic context and insights into the elements that represent the vision of tomorrow found in the houses on the following day’s tour as well as post-war design, materials and gadgetry. Interspersed throughout the program were humorous (to a 2016 audience) vintage advertising videos promoting new technology and materials.

The program included a brief word from our sponsor – Sam Pardue of Indow Windows showed off their laser measured interior storm window system. A fitting sponsor for a talk about advances in home technology as well as a great, very cost-effective, option for preserving original windows.

2016-MCM-Home-Tour-11-smOn Saturday, tour-goers were free to visit the homes in any order between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The tour book was their ticket into the homes and volunteer docents were available at each house to answer questions.

Homeowners were present for most of the day to talk about their homes’ history and the work they’ve done to restore them. Many of the homes were furnished with vintage decor and collectibles that enhanced the already stunning architecture. The curved wood-front fireplace of the Rathkey Residence (left) displays a quiet sophistication next to the vintage chairs upholstered in leopard.

2016-MCM-Home-Tour-10-smAnthony Belluschi (right), a member of our Mid-Century Modern Tour committee, joined tour-goers and took the opportunity to look through a set of original plans for the Kaen Residence. Many of the homeowners have original documentation for their houses and shared it with tour-goers.

2016-MCM-After-Party-7-smThe day ended with a party for Restore Oregon members, volunteers and homeowners at Rejuvenation‘s Portland showroom.  Everyone reported having a great time on the tour and took the opportunity to compare favorite houses while enjoying signature cocktails and tasty bites.

The photo booth at the party was a big hit with guests (photo booth photos as well as photos of the tour were posted to our Facebook page) and prizes were awarded for best dressed.  Lucky raffle winners walked away with a two-night stay at the McKenzie River Roundhouse, a mid-century Bed & Breakfast overlooking the McKenzie River; a Cedar & Moss lamp from Rejuvenation; an original modernist oil painting; and a basket of cocktail fixings with glassware.

NappingOn Sunday, Restore Oregon staff and homeowners spent the day testing sofa cushion configurations for optimal comfort.



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