Over Mother’s Day weekend more than 800 people took part in the celebration of architect Pietro Belluschi’s Mid-Century Modern residential work, producing record breaking attendance and setting the bar even higher for next year’s event.
The “Belluschi weekend” started Friday night at the Portland Art Museum where accomplished architect, Tony Belluschi, lectured to more than 350 tour-goers and Belluschi enthusiasts alike on the significance of Pietro’s contributions to Pacific Northwest Regional Modernism, as well as his own recent work to preserve, restore and revitalize some of Pietro’s houses.
On Saturday, tour participants had the opportunity to venture inside six privately-owned Belluschi designed houses in and around Portland on this self-guided tour. Each house showcased Belluschi’s ability to incorporate innovative layouts, craftsmanship, unique building materials, and sensitivity to the surrounding landscape. “Every house is a true masterpiece, unique in its own way yet characteristically Belluschi”, said Restore Oregon’s Executive Director, Peggy Moretti.
In addition to the homes, tour-goers were encouraged to step inside the First United Methodist Church, this year’s check-in location, as well as the Pietro Belluschi designed Zion Lutheran Church nearby.
After a long day of touring, the public was invited to a free Mix: Modern after-party hosted by Rejuvenation. Guests dressed in Mid-Century Modern attire sipped martinis, dined on delicious appetizers, vyed for raffle prizes and partook in the ever-popular photo booth. “I could not have imagined a more perfect way to end the day”, said one tour-goer, and the Restore Oregon staff couldn’t agree more.
Hats off and many thanks to the gracious homeowners, for the hard work from all our volunteers, to the staff at Rejuvenation, and a special thanks to Tony and Marti Belluschi for their time and dedication to this tour. This was definitely one for the record books.
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