Gordon House Lecture Tomorrow Night

Gordon House Lecture Tomorrow Night

Lise Harwin
Jul 15, 2008

While Illinois has dozens of Frank Lloyd Wright houses, out here in Oregon, we have only one – the Gordon House, located in Silverton's Oregon Garden. Based on Wright's "House for a Family of $5-6,000 Income" plan, the Usonian design was created in 1957 for Evelyn and Conrad Gordon and built in 1964 in Charbonneau, Oregon. When the owners passed away, the house began to deteriorate. And since the 2,100 sq. ft. home sat on 22 acres of farmland, it became a prime target for developers or an affluent couple looking to build their own "McMansion."

When the latter threatened to demolish the Gordon House, widespread outrage and an eventual donation occurred, which led to a real moving project – disassembly and transport out to Silverton to start a new life as a museum.

We're fascinated by this little slice of history, so count us among the attendees at tomorrow night's "Designs on Portland" discussion about the Gordon House. The speaker will be historian Larry Woodin, of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and author of "The Gordon House: A Moving Experience."

• Wednesday, July 16, 6–8pm
• DWR Portland Studio
• 1200 N.W. Everett
• RSVP to portland (at) dwr (dot) com

If you can't attend tomorrow and are interested in finding out more about the threat of demolition and the eventual solution, click here or here.

Images: rbanks; Major Clanger via Flickr

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