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John Yeon Works: A Tour

June 24, 2017, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

John Yeon Works: A Tour

In conjunction with the Portland Art Museum exhibit, Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon, join us for a never-before-offered tour of five homes designed by the mid-century master John Yeon, guided by five leading contemporary architects.

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Watzek House
1937 – Yeon’s masterwork, and Portland’s only National Historic Landmark residence. Guided by William Hawkins, FAIA

Plywood House
1938 – Built for $3,280, these widely published houses addressed the Great Depression’s housing crisis. Guided by Becca Cavell

Jorgensen House
1939 – Yeon lived and worked in this widely published plywood house from 1948 – 1994. Guided by Richard Potestio

Van Buren House
1948 – With brick and wood, Yeon fused modernism and tradition to anticipate the neighborhood to come. Guided by William Tripp

Swan House
1950 – Yeon’s gracefully intricate fitting of house to site made this a classic of Northwest modernism. Guided by Thomas Hacker


Saturday, June 24, 11am – 4pm
Reception at Watzek House will follow the tour with food and wine catered by Luce

  • This never-before-offered tour of five Yeon designs will benefit the restoration of the Watzek House’s roof.
  • $500 minimum (all contributions tax deductible)
  • Details of parking and shuttle sent with confirmed ticket purchase.



About the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape
The University of Oregon’s John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape is devoted to inspiring future acts of visionary design and conservation. A program of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, the Center is the steward of the Watzek House, a 1937 modernist masterpiece and Portland’s only National Historic Landmark residence; and The Shire, a unique, 75-acre work of landscape design in the Columbia River Gorge, and the Cottrell House, a 1950 modernist home on an eight-acre landscape preserve near Forest Park. The Center was founded in 1995 by Richard Louis Brown to preserve works by the architect and conservationist John Yeon (1910-1984), and to further the ideals of Yeon’s civic activism. For more information, visit yeoncenter.uoregon.edu.


Cover image courtesy The UO John Yeon Center.


Various Locations
Portland, OR United States + Google Map