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Mid-Century Modern Home Tour set for May 10


Lecture, companion event at Belluschi Pavilion planned

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: SALLY PAINTER - Step inside six homes designed by Pietro Belluschi, including his own residence, which has been lovingly restored, during the Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, a fundraiser for Restore Oregon on May 10 in Portland.

Six Portland area homes designed by internationally acclaimed architect Pietro Belluschi will be open during Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 10.

Curated by Belluschi’s son, Anthony, also an accomplished architect, the tour represents the first opportunity for Belluschi fans to step inside such a collection of his residential work. Homes on tour span several decades and include the Burkes-Belluschi House where Pietro Belluschi lived until his passing in 1994, and which recently received a DeMuro Award for outstanding restoration.

Preceding the tour, architecture enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear a lecture delivered by Anthony Belluschi on “Living in a Work of Art-the Architecture of Pietro Belluschi.” The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. May 9 at the Portland Art Museum, the design of which launched Belluschi’s career in 1932. The younger Belluschi will provide insights on the notable design features of Belluschi homes, his own recent work to preserve, restore and revitalize some of his father’s houses and lessons learned from working with him.

In addition, DoCoMoMo-Oregon (the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) is planning a companion event, “Radical Restoration: Saving the Houses of Pietro Belluschi and Frank Lloyd Wright” from 2 to 4 p.m. May 11 on the campus of Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst.

Marylhurst’s new Belluschi Pavilion is almost complete, representing the successful reconstruction of a mid-century home that was meticulously de-constructed and stored before finding its new home. The two-hour program will include presentations from panelists related to both houses and will include ample time for questions and answers.

Tickets to the lecture are $15 general admission, tickets to the tour are $45 and tickets to the companion event are $10. All can be purchased online at RestoreOregon.org or by calling 503-243-1923.