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Belluschi, Yeon, and the Northwest Regional Style

March 16, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Yeon Watzek Exterior - John Yeon - Jeremy Bittermann

The Northwest Regional style of architecture has origins dating to at least the early 20th century, but it wasn’t until the 1930s that it came into its own, thanks to the work of architect Pietro Belluschi and designer John Yeon. Yeon’s Watzek House (1937) is often held as the gold standard of the style, which emphasized the integration of nature and building through the elegant use of local woods and lots of glass.

In this talk, presenter Brian Libby explores the rich history of this architectural style, putting it into context with other mid-20th century architectural movements while also discussing several other practitioners of the Northwest Regional style, including Van Evera Bailey and John Storrs.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the first in a series of 2019 AHC education programs focused on Modernism.


This lecture program is held at the Architectural Heritage Center – 701 SE Grand Avenue

Seating is Limited. Pre-Registration is Highly Recommended.


Parking is on-street (free on Saturdays) or in the parking lot on the west side of Grand Avenue between SE Yamhill and Belmont Streets – just to the north of the Urbanite. Thank you to Bolliger and Sons Insurance for sharing their lot with us for our evening and Saturday education programs.


$20.00 General Public
$12.00 AHC Members


About The Architectural Heritage Center
The Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to “inspire people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable, communities.” We seek to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings.

Owned and operated by the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, we empower people in the Portland region to preserve both landmark buildings and the regular “vernacular” vintage homes and storefronts that collectively define our neighborhoods, traditional downtowns,culture, history, and quality of life.


Cover image courtesy Jeremy Bittermann.


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Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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