Restore Oregon Raises Awareness of Pacific Northwest Architecture and Design; Hosts the 2018 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Featuring the Work of John Storrs
Tour Welcomes Mid-Century Modern Enthusiasts with Five John Storrs Residential Designs, Special Architecture & Design Lecture, and Exciting MIX:MOD After Tour Party
PORTLAND, OR – Architect John Storrs was, by accounts, a-larger-than-life person. Passionate, outspoken and stubborn, his process of listening to the landscape and using materials simply, created some of the most sincere and eloquent examples of the Northwest Regional architectural style. On May 11th and 12th, Restore Oregon will celebrate the unique perspective Storrs brought to the region’s architectural landscape at its annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour.
Through education initiatives like the Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, Restore Oregon raises awareness for preservation and fosters greater appreciation for the historic structures and cultural heritage that contribute to the beauty of Oregon. Now in its 8th year, the 2018 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour has grown into a two-day, three-part design event:
• Part I—An Architecture & Design Lecture: Participants will learn about Pacific Northwest Modernism, John Storrs unique design perspective, and take a self-guided tour of the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC), one of Storrs well-known commercial designs. Friday, May 11, lecture at 7pm at the Jean Vollum DPP building on the campus of OCAC. Self-guided campus tour from 5:30-7pm. $10 for general admission.
• Part II—Self-Guided Home Tour: This self-guided, driving tour allows participants to explore five of Storrs-designed residential homes at their own pace. Participants discover unique interiors, explore imaginatively designed outdoor living areas, and have a rare chance to gain an intimate view of Mid-Century Modern living as envisioned by a master. Saturday, May 12, 10am–4pm. Tickets: $40 for Restore Oregon member/donors, $50 for non-members. Tour check-in begins at 9:00am at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
• Part III—Exclusive free MIX:MOD After Party at Rejuvenation: Participants are invited to join the party and enjoy vintage cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, DJ, and dancing at Rejuvenation’s Flagship store in Southeast Portland. Mid-century attire encouraged. Prizes for best dressed. Saturday, May 12, 6pm at Rejuvenation. Free to lecture and/or tickets holders.
Volunteer Positions Available! Volunteers receive a free tour ticket. Contact Restore Oregon at [email protected].
Background on John Storrs
Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Storrs was a graduate student at Yale when he heard a lecture by famed architect Pietro Belluschi. In 1950, Storrs moved to Portland inspired by Belluschi’s regional approach to modernism, and a desire to be part of this emerging style. After a few years, and while working for local firm Scott & Payne, Storrs received a commission for the Portland Garden Club headquarters which launched his independent career.
While Storrs is most well-known for the Portland Garden Club, Salishan Lodge, the Western Forestry Center, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and other acclaimed commercial projects, he was remarkably prolific and renowned for his residential work. He designed roughly 80 houses over three decades as an architect, with characteristic site sensitivity. Homes featured on the tour were chosen for their distinctive Storrs design, such as expansive views through a bank of ganged windows, a centrally placed fireplace, frameless corner windows, and expressive use of unstained natural wood. All are excellent examples of a mid-century modern lifestyle in the 21st century.
Tickets for the 2018 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour are on sale now. The cost is $40 for Restore Oregon member/donors, $50 for non-members, the tour of five homes, a commemorative booklet, and entry to MIX:MOD After-Tour Party. The cost for the Architecture & Design Lecture is $10 and includes entry to MIX:MOD After-Tour Party.
Tour information and ticketing: restoreoregon.org or (503) 243-1923.
Support for this event comes from our members/donors and from returning Presenting Sponsor, Arciform, and from returning After Party Sponsor, Rejuvenation.
About Restore Oregon
Founded in 1977, Restore Oregon is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization which advocates for sound preservation policy and legislation. Our mission is to preserve, reuse and pass forward the historic places that create livable communities. Each year, we provide statewide educational programming and technical assistance, while working to save the sites and structures featured on our annual list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. We hold over 40 conservation easements on historic properties, thereby protecting them in perpetuity. Learn more at www.restoreoregon.org.
Editor’s note: Portland Design Events is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Mid-Century Modern Home Tour.
Images courtesy Restore Oregon.