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Frank Lloyd Wright, the Gordon House, and the Usonian Style

September 15, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Frank Lloyd Wright, the Gordon House, and the Usonian Style

In 1936 Frank Lloyd Wright designed his first Usonian-style house in Wisconsin as a response to the needs of the growing middle-class in America. Fast forward to 1956 when Conrad ‘Ed’ and Evelyn Gordon, a farming couple from Oregon, met Wright at his studio in Taliesin West outside of Scottsdale, AZ to talk about a design for their farmhouse on the banks of the Willamette River near Wilsonville. The result of that collaboration, the Usonian-style Gordon House, stands as the only Wright-designed structure in Oregon. Kathryn Burton, director of the Gordon House, joins us to reveal the meaning of the term ‘Usonian,’ the philosophy behind the style and its architectural characteristics using the Gordon House as a case study. Does a Usonian-based design philosophy stand up in today’s building practices? Come join the discussion and find out!

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: The Gordon House. Courtesy of Kathryn Burton.


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