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Get to Know Architect John Storrs, a Leader in Pacific Northwest Modernism

John Storrs was, by accounts, a larger than life person. Passionate, outspoken and stubborn, his process of listening to the landscape and using materials simply, created some of the most sincere and eloquent examples of the Northwest Regional architectural style. Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut’ Storrs was a graduate student at Yale when he heard a [...]
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Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

 

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The 2017 Mid-Century Modern William Fletcher House Tour

William Fletcher adjusting a fireplace in one of the houses he designedSep 23, 2017 – Restore Oregon will present the Mid-Century Modern William Fletcher Tour. A founding member of the Portland architectural firm FFA (Fletcher Farr Ayotte), William Fletcher’s work was inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the international style of architecture, but was also influenced by Oregon’s NW Regional Modernism which was flourishing at that time. The resulting homes are both modern and appropriate for the landscape. Scroll down for more information.

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.

 

Tour Details

Our 2017 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour will feature four fabulous homes and shed new light on the career of William Fletcher–an unheralded master of modernism. The 2017 Mid-Century Modern Tour is a fabulous three part event that includes a  self-guided, self-driving home tour, a lecture, and an after-tour party:

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; includes access to lecture and after-tour party

Our 2017 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour will feature four fabulous homes and shed new light on the career of William Fletcher–an unheralded master of modernism.

All Tour Attendees Must Check-in:
Tour attendees who attend the lecture on Friday may check in at that event and bypass Saturday morning check-in. All other tour attendees must check-in at beginning at 9:00am on the September 23, 2017 at:
George Rogers Park
611 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Upper Picnic Shelter, Check in ends at 1pm

 

Lecture: “The Work and Legacy of William Fletcher, Northwest Modernist”

By Troy Ainsworth, Principal of FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc.
Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm

 

 

Held at Design Within Reach
825 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Open to public; $10 Donation (included with Mid-Century Modern ticket)

 

After-tour Party: Celebrate Fletcher & Meet Other Architects at Rejuvenation

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 6pm – 9pm
Exclusive after-tour party open only to Mid-Century Modern ticket holders

Held at Rejuvenation’s Flagship Store in SE Portland:
1100 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Additional Details:

  • Note: these are private homes, so there are no mobility accommodations.
  • Please no children under 12 years of age unless they are babes in arms.
  • No pets, food or drink in these homes.
  • Tickets 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.

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the 2017 tour, please email our development director, Nicole Possert at nicolep@restoreoregon.org.

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


 

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A Ticking Clock

One of Pietro Belluschi’s landmarks faces demolition in downtown Salem. Despite its listing in the National Register of Historic Places, Pietro Belluschi’s First National Bank of Salem building will likely be demolished by September 6th. Constructed in 1946, the building’s design follows a mid-career trend in the work of Oregon’s foremost modernist and features the […]

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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 […]

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Preservation of Mid-Century Modern Building Materials Workshop

DoCoMoMo_Oregon and the Association for Preservation Technology, Northwest, will co-host a workshop on Mid-Century Modern materials. The workshop will focus on materials used in the northwest through their history and case studies. The sessions will conclude with a lively discussion as to whether preserving Mid-Century Materials is less important than preserving the plan and layout of Mid-Century structures. A sack lunch will be provided to all attendees.

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The MCM Post-tour Party!

1950's couples enjoying a drink on a patioJoin Restore Oregon and Rejuvenation as we team up to throw a fab party celebrating the “swinging” era of sharp duds, hip décor, and really boss music.

membership to Restore Oregon guarantees your entrance to Rejuvenation after the tour to enjoy cocktails, a live DJ, tasty snacks, and a fashion show with prizes! Not a member?  Sign up here.

Doors open at 6:00 pm, party goes until 9:00 pm.

Join us for the fun as we say Thank You!  to our valued members. Members are welcome to bring one guest.

What should I wear?

Wear your  take on MCM – Whether you simply rock a 1958 classic fedora atop your outfit circa 2014, or you make a dress out of wide silk ties, we want to see how you mix: modern. 

Whatever will we do all night?

MCM party at Rejuvenation 2013

MCM party at Rejuvenation 2013

With a cocktail in your hand (two free drinks, m’amour), hors d’oeuvres on your party plate, and friends all around, you’ll giggle and gasp with delight at the frockery and peacockery that are your Portland companions sartorial takes on mix:modern. Mingling, merriment, and getting down to a live band will of course be part of the modern mix.

Lovely! Tempt me more…isn’t there anything I might win?

We do happen to be giving away some fantastic mix:modern prizes for best dressed.

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The 2016 Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour

Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am – 4:00pm | Portland Metro
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On May 14th Restore Oregon will present the Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour. The tour focuses on the mid-century, but the “House of Tomorrow” premise has been with us since at least the early 1900’s. The many World’s Fairs and Expos over the decades have presented conceptual homes featuring innovative materials, construction systems, and fittings to entertain fair-goers – and above all to promote industry.

Now these futuristic homes are themselves historic. The optimism in design remains intact, and offers us insight to this period of American history, and how we have changed as a culture. Read more about our theme, then  join us in a tour which celebrates the Houses of Tomorrow.

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.

 


Companion talk:MCM-ad The Mid-Century House: a Vision of Tomorrow

Friday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. | Ticketed Separately $10-$15

Our program will provide insights into the elements that represent the vision of tomorrow in the houses on the following day’s tour as well as discussions about post-war design, materials and gadgetry.

The talk will once again take place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church with a new larger screen for a clear view of the presentations.

**Tour ticket holders who attend the talk will be able to check in and receive their tour booklets at the Friday evening talk, bypassing Saturday morning registration.


 

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Evening Talk – The Mid-Century House: A Vision of Tomorrow

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Evening Talk –
The Mid-Century House: A Vision of Tomorrow


May 13th, 7:00pm |
Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., Portland
$10-$15

Sponsored by Indow Windows

Tickets for the talk and tour will be available at the door this evening. Tickets for the tour will also be available tomorrow at the check-in location, 5736 SE 17th Ave., PDX between 9:00am and 12:30pm.

The “House of Tomorrow” premise has been with us since at least the early 1900’s. The many World’s Fairs and Expos over the decades have presented conceptual homes featuring innovative materials, construction systems, and fittings to entertain fair-goers – and above all to promote industry.

Now these futuristic homes are themselves historic.  The optimism in design remains intact, and offers us insight in to this period of American history, and how we have changed as a culture. Join us as we explore the Houses of Tomorrow.

 

The Details

The talk will once again take place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church with a new larger screen for a clear view of the presentations.  Three featured speakers will provide 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 discussions about post-war design, materials and gadgetry.

Parking is primarily on-street in the Irvington neighborhood. The church is located approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Lloyd Center MAX stop, about a 15 minute walk. There is also some parking available in the lot across from Westminster Presbyterian Church between 16th and 17 avenues on NE Hancock. Westminster Presbyterian requests that you park in the spaces furthest from the Church.

Those interested in experiencing the House of Tomorrow up close will want to participate in our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour the following day, featuring a spectrum of designs for future living and a wealth of original details.

Tour-goers will once again be able to check in for the tour before or after the talk.

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Mid-Century Modern -House of Tomorrow Home Tour

Saturday, May 14th, 10am – 4pm

 

On May 14th, seven Portland area homes will be open during Restore Oregon’s Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Home Tour. The goal for our annual Mid-Century Modern House tour is to draw attention to the need for thoughtful preservation of Modern architecture.

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Exclusively For Restore Oregon Members and Their Guests

Saturday May 14th, at 6:30pm | Rejuvenation showroom, PDX

Sponsored by Rejuvenation

snappy-hourJoin Restore Oregon and Rejuvenation as we team up to throw a fab party celebrating the “swinging” era of sharp duds, hip décor, and really boss music.

Your membership to Restore Oregon guarantees your entrance to Rejuvenation after the tour to enjoy cocktails, a live DJ, tasty snacks, and a fashion show with prizes!
Doors open at 6pm, party goes until 9pm.

Join us for the fun as we say Thank You! to our valued members.
Members are invited to bring one guest.

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The House That Verne Built: Mid-Century Modern DIY

  We had been working with Verne Olson, of Parkrose, and his wife to include their house on the upcoming Mid Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour when his health took a turn for the worse several months ago. We were saddened to learn this week that Verne has passed away. Verne (with family and friends) designed and built their family home in 1962. […]

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Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow

On May 14th Restore Oregon will present the Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour. The tour focuses on the mid-century, but the “House of Tomorrow” premise has been with us since at least the early 1900’s. The many World’s Fairs and Expos over the decades have presented conceptual homes featuring innovative materials, construction systems, and fittings […]

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