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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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  • Enjoyed this excellent tour of a FLW home designed for a middle class family towards the end of his life. You are advised to make a reservation in advance; on a rainy Sunday we had no problem getting ...  more »
  • I love Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes, and the Gordon House is no exception. Beautiful grounds (though not the original location) and a beautiful home. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly an...  more »
  • This is the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in the Northwest that is open for tours, the Gordon House in Silverton, is about an hour or so south of Portland. One of the few Frank Lloyd Wright houses tha...  more »
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  • 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.
  • By reservation only. Can't see the home any other way. It may be open til 4, but only by advance reservation.
  • Wright design. Can't go wrong
  • What a great experience! This was a cool place to visit on our visit to Portland. Reasonable price (stay in Silverton if you want a discount), make a reservation, and arrive to the house 15 minutes before your tour so you don't miss anything! Knowledgeable staff and the guide will give a great backstory to the house as well as other Wright houses designed. The tour lasts about an hour so make sure you eat lunch beforehand! Note that the house only has minimal original furnishings, such as kitchen appliances and the dining and coffee table. Otherwise, the non-profit that runs the facility uses the house as a place to run it's buisness. This was a little unexpected compared to other historic homes that we have visited and seemed a little awkward. That said, everything else in the house is original (bathrooms, kitchen, wood, glass.) It's totally worth a visit if you're in Portland. Stop in Silverton and grab lunch before you go! Highly recommended!