The Home of Tomorrow

2012, October 15th

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of participating in the 2012 “DESIGN MATTERS: A Tour of Exceptional Portland Homes.” Per the AIA Portland website:

“The homes tour provides a rare opportunity to glimpse inside seven extraordinary Portland residences. This year’s tour features innovative homes designed by top local architects including the renovation of Donald Blair’s 1960 futuristic “Home of Tomorrow”. This daylong, self-guided tour is always a highlight of the Architecture + Design Festival, presented by the American Institute of Architects Portland.”

One of my favorite tour homes was built in 1958 as a model home by developer Wedgewood Homes, and dubbed “The Home of Tomorrow.” It was designed by “14th Street Gang” architects Donald Blair and William Fletcher, so named for the group of innovative mid-century architects who shared a work space on SW 14th Street. Bill Fletcher especially is known for being among the pioneers of the Northwest Regional Style of architecture and was heavily influenced by Mies van der Rohe.

This home won a 1960 AIA Merit Award and is remarkably well preserved. The current owner is carefully restoring the home to its original state and furnishing it with period appropriate furniture. 

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