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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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  • We had never taken our two children ages 2 and 4 to a children's museum before and they absolutely loved this place. the outdoor area was really fun and I will go back next time we are in the area.  more »
  • I was so happy to see this house in person. The overhangs and cantilevers are so thoughtfully designed. It is no wonder Frank Lloyd Wright is held in such high regard.  more »
  • This house is a significant piece of architectural history whether you’re a fan of mid-century design or not. What a fortune to have an opportunity to access the rooms of such a unique and important b...  more »
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  • Fantastic tour. It's so rare to be able to keep your shoes on at a FLW house, much less take pictures or touch things. Well worth the tour; just be sure to call ahead to ensure availability.
  • The guide was very knowledgeable and had a great deal of interesting tidbits to share about the house. Beautiful piece of architectural history.
  • 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.
  • This is an amazing little (by today's standard) house. The thought and planning are truly insightfully carried out. Even in it's "new" location, it is great...imagine how it was in it's original locale for which it was designed! Shame on the more recent purchasers for wanting to destroy such a wonderful building. Thanks for saving it!!
  • It is awesome - Elizabeth made the tour so interesting - she did a great presentation - the preservation of the Frank Lloyd Wright home is one that should be observed! So glad that people stood up and keep this home so many others could joy it!
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