Gordon House Closed
September 28, 2020 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gordon House Conservancy Mission Statement
To educate the public on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural approach and principles of organic architecture by preserving the only house in Oregon designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Intent of Historical Interpretation: The full experience that represents a home, the relationship of landscape to the natural surrounds, and interior representation shall be provided. Interpretation shall further the understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s holistic approach. Design year to be represented shall be 1964 when the Gordon House was completed.
The Gordon House shall be restored as a house museum with adaptive reuse as required to accommodate the public. Exhibits shall include a permanent, though selective, collection reflecting the Gordons’ lifestyle, together with educational exhibits illustrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work and continuing influence, particularly from the Usonian period.
A Brief History of the Gordon House
Frank Lloyd Wright designs a home for Evelyn and Conrad Gordon, based on a design for a modern home commissioned by Life magazine in 1938. It was originally located near Wilsonville, Oregon, situated to take advantage of views of the adjacent Willamette Riveron the west side and Mt Hood to the east.
Frank Lloyd Wright dies five days after having surgery, on April 9, 1959, in Phoenix, Arizona
Construction of the Gordon House is completed.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy became involved in attempts to preserve the historic house, and in early 2001, they obtained a three-month reprieve to dismantle it, and move it to the Oregon Garden, about 21 miles (34 km) southeast of its original location. The Conservancy accepted a proposal from the Oregon Garden Society, assisted by the City of Silverton, to take charge of moving and reinstalling the house. Dismantling began on March 9, 2001. The house was moved in four large pieces, with the upper floor, containing two bedrooms and one bath, moved as a single unit. Overall neglect required refurbishing of the structure’s siding and roofing which was arranged by grants from the Architectural Foundation of Oregon and the Oregon Cultural Trust. A new foundation replicating the original was constructed.
The Gordon House opens as the only publicly accessible Frank Lloyd Wright home in the Pacific Northwest.
The Gordon House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 2004.
The conservancy undertakes a restoration and preservation project to return The Gordon House to its original appearance and preserve this architectural treasure.
Gordon House Conservancy Board of Directors
Executive Committee Chair Carol Caught, IIDA, Emerita Assoc Professor-Interior Design, Oregon State University
Vice Chair Efrain Diaz-Horna, Artist and Poet
Treasurer Jeffrey Prokop, JProkop Design
Secretary Gayle Rothrock, Retired Mills College Trustee
Past Chair Bruce Brown, Retired Architect, GBD Architects
Board Members at Large
- Tim Richard, Architect
- Jodie Brockamp, Executive Director Silverton Senior Center
- Ralph Coleman, Trustee, Coleman Family Endowment Fund
- Maya Foty, Preservation Architect
- Forrest Freed, Artist and former Gallery Owner
- Kim Knox, Project Manager, Sheils Obletz Johnsen
- Molly Murphy, Retired Gordon House General Director
- Jim Tice, Professor, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon
- Robert Volz, Sommelier and owner of Pour Wine Bar & Bistro
- Emily Doerfler, Interior Designer, Nathan Good Architects
- Dave Pierce, Retired Landscape Architect
Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Representatives
Larry Woodin, Director, EcoHome Foundation
Moonstone Properties Oregon Garden Resort Representative
Christine Diabetes, Regional Manager
City of Silverton Representative
Christy Wurster, Silverton City Manager
Gordon House Staff
Val Van Alstyne, Site Manager
Elizabeth Timmons, Assistant, Private & Public Events Coordinator
Laura Weigel, Bookkeeper
Gordon House Conservancy Advisory Board
Kathryn Collins, Retired K-12 Educator
Alan Costic, Arbuckle Costic Architects
Rob Dortignacq, Dortignacq and Associates
Mike Faha, GreenWorks Landscape Architects
Nathan Good, Nathan Good Architects
Richard Gustafson, Principle, Sheils Obletz Johnsen
Sally Miller, Mt. Jefferson Farms
Tom Pene, Retired boor Architects
Diane Plesset, ASID, CBD/CDK, D.P. Design Associates
Leland Roth, Marion Dean Ross Distinguished Professor of Architectural
History,University of Oregon
Saundra Stevens, American Institute of Architects
Joe Vondrak, Pacific Crest Construction
In Memory of Our Friends Passed
- Tom Allen, GH Model Sculptor
- Mac Blown, GH Docent, GH Public Events
- Bill Eckert, GH Docent
- Mary Jaeggli Buttles, GH DocentElsa Coleman, GHC Board Chair, GHC Event & Auction Committee, Oregon Garden Foundation Board
- Walt Hamer, GH Docent
- Joan Hayward, GH Docent, GHC Board Member, GHC Event & Auction Committee
- Larry Kassel, GH Art Exhibitor, FLLW Cartoon Artist
- Nancy Porous Rhodes, GH Docent, GHC Board Member, GHC Event & Auction Committee
- Vic Rhodes, GHC Annual Events
- Bill Vanderheide, GH Docent
- Norma Paulus, Retired Oregon Superintendent of Schools & Oregon Historical Society
Photography credit: Taylor Simpson