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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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  • This is a nice stop, while visiting the Oregon Garden. Tough to resist a Frank Lloyed Wright house. He was quite the architect and interior designer. His love of nature makes this a great fit for the ...  more »
  • Dave was an awesome tour guide. Although we felt $20/person was a bit much, we are glad we went. We understand that it probably costs a lot to keep it going. We enjoyed seeing the Gordon House and lea...  more »
  • The tour of this authentic Frank Lloyd Wright house is very educational. This is the only FLW house in Oregon. Sadly, it is not in its original location, but the setting is lovely. You have to have re...  more »
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  • Visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House was the highlight of our visit to the garden. We made the reservations online. The tour was on the hour and presented by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent. The open usonian style home by Wright had open main area with high beams. The multiple glass doors opened up to the outside patios. Even though the home was built with modest materials, it has a sense of style, comfort, utility, and luxury. This one hour tour is a definite must if you are an architecture fan.
  • I learned so much during the hour tour I have continued reading about Frank Lloyd Wright. Being able to sit on the furniture of the Gordon House, open cupboards to view the hinges while walking and listening to the guide is both educational and inspiring.
  • It was amazing to be able to walk the Halls of the house and interact with it as guests, not add museum visitors. The tour was also informative and fun!
  • An amazing, beautiful reconstruction. Nice people doing the tours. Well worth the drive.
  • FLW always is worth visiting, this house was moved from its original location and it would have been nice to experience it before the relocation.
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