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The Gordon House, Silverton

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The Gordon House is a residence designed by influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is an example of Wright's Usonian vision for America. It is one of the last of the Usonian series designed for American working class consumers, which—in 1939—was considered $5,000–6,000 per year. The house is based on a design for a modern home commissioned by Life magazine in 1938.

The house was designed in 1957 for Evelyn and Conrad Gordon, and finished in 1963 . It was originally located adjacent to the Willamette River, near Wilsonville, Oregon. When its 2001 owners intended to destroy it, the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy obtained a three-month reprieve to dismantle it, and move it to the Oregon Garden, about 21 miles southeast of its original location. Dismantling began on March 9, 2001. The upper floor, containing two bedrooms and one bath, was moved as a single unit. Overall neglect required refurbishing of the structure's siding and roofing which was arranged by grants from the Architectural Foundation of Oregon and the Oregon Cultural Trust. A new foundation replicating the original was constructed. The house opened one year later as the only publicly accessible Frank Lloyd Wright home in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • The grounds are a bit primitive, but you can't beat the mountain air and as the house is almost completely glass you can still view several of the rooms. 
    The grounds are a bit primitive, but you can't beat the mountain air and as the house is almost completely glass you can still view several of the rooms.  more »
  • This is the third FLW house weve visited. This is in his ' simpler and cheaper' Usoniam style and is quite different to his larger custom Prairie homes but just as interesting and aesthetically... 
    This is the third FLW house weve visited. This is in his ' simpler and cheaper' Usoniam style and is quite different to his larger custom Prairie homes but just as interesting and aesthetically...  more »
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  • Beautiful, relocated Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. Wonderful 1 hr long tour with short video. Book tour online as tour groups are of a very limited size to be certain of gaining access to tour! Highly recommend!!!!
  • The Gordon House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed building in Oregon. A Mid Century modern gem of the Willamette valley. Originally commissioned by middle-class farmers Ed & Evelyn Gordon, the 3 bed, 3 bath Usonian home was completed in 1964 and was originally located in Wilsonville, OR (it was deconstructed and moved to Silverton in 2000). Usonian is a term Wright used to describe a philosophy of living in harmony with the land, every design element is intentionally made to make you feel one with nature. For many Usonian houses, FLW included a wood cutout window pattern unique to each design in perforated boards known as fretwork. The cedar plywood fretwork, floor to ceiling windows and retro kitchen were some of my favorite details of this charming home. The house is on the Historic register and operates as a museum where you pay $20pp for a 45-minute guideed tour. When I visited, our docent was knowledgeable and very personable.

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