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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, now located within the Oregon Garden, in Silverton, Oregon. 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.HistoryThe 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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  • An excellent example of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, lovingly saved from demolition. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The house sits amongst oak trees on the edge of The Or...  more »
  • We are big fans of FLW and always try to see his fantastic buildings on our travels. So glad we made the trip from Portland. It's a beautiful little house (compared to some like the Robie or Ennis Hou...  more »
  • Maybe this is not the most spectacular of FLW houses but any FLW house that has been preserved is truly a treasure. It's a smaller Usonian house that has been transplanted to The Oregon Garden. Lucky ...  more »
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  • If you are interested in architecture, history, or both this would be a fun stop for you. Personally, I discovered this unique gem when taking photo's for a wedding. It is an intimate house, full of light, and fascinating design. There is a path to walk around the house should you wish to view it from all angles and very friendly staff will give you a tour (at least that's what I encountered). As a venue I would explain this is for smaller groups and spring/summer events. If you were to book it for the winter your group would have to be quite intimate because it's cold to open all the doors.
  • Great your. Informative and friendly
  • Quaint Usonian style home from late in Frank Lloyd Wright's career (designed 2 years before his death). Tour is short but enjoyable because it seems to be the most "middle-class" of Wright homes - you can just imagine living there! Tour guide was new and not the most knowledgeable of details but still accommodating.
  • I found this place endlessly fascinating. I've always been a fan of FLW's work, but this is the first time I've experienced it up close and personal. What a genius that man was! Liked it so much I even bought the t-shirt.
  • Extremely fascinating. Definitely worth a visit.

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