See Famous Midcentury Modern Homes From Your Sofa: Restore Oregon’s Virtual Tour

In-person home tours have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the venerable Restore Oregon preservation organization has come up with a new way to experience its 10th annual Mid-Century Modern Design Series: A virtual tour of architecturally significant, Portland area residences, with all the details, from art to interior design, visible as you navigate through the rooms.

“We are really excited to use world-class technology to give Oregonians and the world access to our Pacific Northwest modern masters’ work,” says Jeannette Shupp of Restore Oregon.

The fundraising tour, which can be enjoyed online anytime now through July 26, is possible because of three-dimensional, digital photography and Matterport work by 360 PDX Real Estate Photography.

A ticket ($50, restoreoregon.Tofinoauctions.Com/mcm2020/register/ticket_sales) to the 360°-Virtual Home Tour grants access to three of the Pacific Northwest’s most celebrated early modern homes, which showcase the use of native wood, stone and glass to achieve elegance.

Also included with each ticket is a digital tour book, “Admiring the Masters of Northwest Regional Modern Architecture,” which profiles six stellar architects and displays interior and exterior photographs of one of their projects. Most photos have never before been shared with the public.

The inventive modern dwellings designed decades ago continue to influence today’s coveted open floor plans and desire for a strong connection to the outdoors.

The home tour opens the doors to privately owned residences as well as John Yeon’s monumental Watzek House, which is managed by the University of Oregon’s John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape.

Yeon’s courtyard-centered 1937 Watzek House and Pietro Belluschi’s revolutionary 1938 Sutor House with curved zebrawood walls, both in Portland’s Southwest Hills, are the earliest examples of these renowned architects’ resourcefulness, restraint and reliance on natural materials and light to harmonize with a picturesque setting.

Walter Gordon’s 1953 Copenhagen House in Lake Oswego, which is also on the virtual tour, is another exemplar of simplicity and beauty.

Three other homes do not have a 3D tour, but information and photos are part of the digital tour book.

These include Frank Shell’s 1958 Blosser Whitehead House, with two-story transparent walls in Southeast Portland. The home once welcomed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, fashion designer Emilio Pucci and the owners’ other Reed College guests.

John Storrs’ 1962 handsome house for a doctor and Jantzen swim cap designer in Southwest Portland is also profiled. The home was recently restored to expose the natural Douglas fir, hemlock and other patinated and textured wood Storrs saw as an “understandable, romantic material.”

Portland interior designer Vicki Simon reinstated the clean lines muddled by a 1980s remodel and executed upgrades that appear seamlessly alongside Storrs’ original vision.

And a 1975 dwelling in Southwest Portland exhibits the pleasing proportions of architect Saul Zaik, an innovative modernist and preservation supporter who passed away on Jan. 4, 2020.

John Storrs

An easy-to-ignore 1962 dwelling in Southwest Portland’s Lynnridge neighborhood has been restored and updated by Vicki Simon Interior Design to reflect architect John Storrs’ original vision. Photography David Papazian PhotographyDavid Papazian Photography

The 10th annual Mid-Century Modern Design Series also has 20-minute webinars ($25 for all) that are accessible on demand.

Topics for the online lectures are the history of Pacific Northwest modernism by Katelyn Weber; buying and selling Pacific Northwest mid-century modern architecture by Marisa Swenson; and design and renovation of the 1962 John Storrs’ house by Vicki Simon.

Restore Oregon’s design series is the nonprofit’s largest educational and fundraising events of the year. The series is sponsored by Portland remodeling company Arciform.

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