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Gordon House
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Front of Gordon House[2]
Location: 879 W. Main St., Silverton, Oregon
Coordinates: 44°59′47″N 122°47′29″W / 44.99639°N 122.79139°W / 44.99639; -122.79139Coordinates: 44°59′47″N 122°47′29″W / 44.99639°N 122.79139°W / 44.99639; -122.79139
Built/Founded: 1964
Architect: Wright, Frank Lloyd; Goodrich, Burton G.
Architectural style(s): Modern Movement, Usonian
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: September 22, 2004
NRHP Reference#: 04001066[1]

Gordon House is a residential house designed by influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright as part of his Usonian vision for America. It is the second and last of the series designed for working-class U.S. consumers, which—in 1939—was considered $5,000–6,000 per year.[3] It is based on a design for a modern home commissioned by Life magazine in 1938 at a time when Wright had little work.[4]

The house was designed in 1957 for Evelyn and Conrad Gordon,[5] and finished in 1963 (four years after Frank Lloyd Wright's death) originally located adjacent to the Willamette River near Wilsonville, Oregon, United States. When its 2001 owners intended to destroy it, the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy obtained a three-month reprieve to dismantle[4] and move it to the Oregon Garden,[3] about 21 miles (34 km) southeast of its original location. Dismantling began on March 9, 2001. The upper floor, containing two bedrooms and one bath, was moved as a single unit.[4] 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.[6] A new foundation replicating the original was constructed.[4] The house opened one year later as the only publicly accessible Frank Lloyd Wright home in the Pacific Northwest.

Living room configured for a small event

The house has 2,133 ft² (203 m²) of floor space with twelve-foot (366 cm) floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and Wright's classic horizontal designs and features which connect the interior and exterior. It is constructed of cedar and cinder block and continues Wright's tradition of custom patterned wood cutout window lattice known as fretwork.

Gordon House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 2004.[6] It is cared for by the Gordon House Conservancy and available for small catered gatherings.[5] When not reserved, the house is available for public tours.


See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.  
  2. ^ The living room is at left and bedrooms are upstairs at right and kitchen below them.
  3. ^ a b Bart King. "An Architectural Guidebook to Portland—Bonus Buildings!". Retrieved 2007-12-21.  
  4. ^ a b c d North Shore Productions, Portland, Oregon (March 21, 2002). "Moving Usonia: The only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oregon has to be destroyed in order to be saved" (QuickTime (.mov) 240x151px). Oregon Art Beat. KOPB-TV. pp. Episode 323. Retrieved 2008-02-08.  
  5. ^ a b "The Gorden House by Frank Lloyd Wright". Retrieved 2007-12-21.  
  6. ^ a b Elsa Coleman, Molly Murphy (June 7, 2006). "Welcome to the Fretwork Network E-Newsletter!". Retrieved 2007-12-21.  

Coordinates: 44°59′47″N 122°47′30″W / 44.996332°N 122.79173°W / 44.996332; -122.79173



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