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John Yeon: Mid Century Master

June 20, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Yeon Watzek Exterior

In conjunction with the Portland Art Museum exhibit, Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes & Collections of John Yeon, the Executive Director of the John Yeon Center, Randy Gragg, will give a talk on this Oregon mid-century master architect & designer. He will speak on the two new in-depth monographs that profile the work of Yeon who paved the way for the Northwest Regional style of modernism.

RSVP Requested: rcervantes@dwr.com

Free with light refreshments!  Courtesy parking at 15th & NW Kearney under the highway.

About the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape
No architect has influenced Oregon so broadly as John Yeon.

A planner, conservationist, historic preservationist, art collector, and urban activist, as well as one of the state’s most gifted architectural designers, Yeon was one of the progenitors of the Northwest Regional Style of architecture and stands among the region’s most influential conservationists.

During his six-decade-long career, Yeon’s residential architecture influenced a generation of architects and presaged many later ideas of sustainable design; he preserved landmark buildings and influenced the designs for major Portland developments and parks; he single-handedly protected critical coastal landscapes; and, most prominently, his life-long advocacy for the Columbia River Gorge played a pivotal role in creating the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The John Yeon Center is devoted to preserving Yeon’s legacy by inspiring future acts of visionary design and conservation.

A program of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, the John Yeon Center hosts events at three properties designed by Yeon:

  • The 1937 Watzek House, the most influential work of domestic architecture in the Northwest and Portland’s only National Historic Landmark residence;
  • The Shire, a unique, 75-acre work of landscape design in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • The Cottrell House, a 1950 home for a large family set on a forested reserve that deeply influenced regional architects working with multi-story residences in the 1960’s.

About Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach exists to make authentic modern design accessible. Authentic means that it’s the real thing. We don’t do “inspired by” or “just as good as” or “in the spirit of.” When we were founded in 1998, consumers simply weren’t able to buy the classics at retail. To find them, they had to visit Europe or work with intermediaries. We changed that by making innovative works from iconic designers accessible for the first time, and we’ve continued to provide the best in modern design ever since. Accessible means that it can be seen and touched (taken for a “test drive,” as we like to say) and that it’s in stock. At DWR, we’re passionate about design – past, present and future.


Cover image: Aubrey Watzek House, Portland, Oregon, 1937; photo by Jeremy Bittermann


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