Restored mid-century modern home unveiled in weekend celebration

by: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Marylhurst University Master Carpenter Gabe Sherburne is completing the final touches to the Belluschi House in preparation for the open house Sunday.

After more than a year of painstaking reconstruction, the small but historically significant home designed by noted Portland architect Pietro Belluschi and donated to Marylhurst University will open this weekend.

Public tours of the home will be offered Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

The 911-square-foot, mid-century-modern home — donated to the university by Tim Mather, a local Belluschi enthusiast — was designed for a Lake Oswego couple in 1951. It is believed to be one of only a few Belluschi-designed residences that remains unaltered, and the only one of its kind in Lake Oswego.

Those who tour the home — to be formally known as the Belluschi Pavilion —and surrounding grounds during the weekend celebration will learn more about the history of the house and why it was reconstructed at Marylhurst. Refreshments will be available during the tour.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the completion of a project that has lasting historic and artistic value to our community,” said Lynn Andrews, Marylhurst’s vice president for university advancement, who oversaw fundraising for the project. “We’re thrilled to provide this resource that will be a living learning environment for our students and the broader community. And we are especially grateful to the many individuals, businesses and foundations who donated their time and resources to make one of Pietro Belluschi’s architectural gems shine again.”

Major contributions of money, materials and services to complete the restoration project came from the Kinsman Foundation, Belluschi family members, Marylhurst trustees, The Bank of Oswego and Coffman Excavation, among many others.

The Italian-born Belluschi was involved in the design of an estimated 1,000 buildings over his 50-year career, including the Portland Art Museum, the Julliard School of Music in New York and St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. He is widely known as the creator of the Northwest style of architecture, and his homes were constructed to take advantage of their natural surroundings and available light.

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