The Home Frank Lloyd Wright Designed for Middle Class America


West Coast Road Trip (continued)

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The Gordon House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo taken with my Holga 120 film camera.

Our road trip from Los Angeles to Portland Oregon continues, and I planned a visit to a home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed: The Gordon House, just one hour south of Portland. Turns out, this home was built near Wilsonville Oregon, but in 2001 some well-off folks bought the property and intended to tear it down and build their dream home. The Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy got a three-month reprieve to dismantle the home and move it 21 miles away to the Oregon Garden in the town of Silverton. 

It was a treat to see this house for another very specific reason; it is one of the last examples of Wright’s series of designs called Usonian HomesThe term Usonian was used by Wright to describe an architectural convention for the American working class; homes designed to control costs amidst an economic depression. They were single-story homes with no attics or basements, and constructed with native materials — flat-roofs, solar heating, natural cooling and natural lighting. 

 Usonian homes are also interestingly labeled as having little ornamentation and being small and minimalist. Keeping that in mind, look at how the architect envisioned that. Note that Usonian homes always have a strong visual connection between the interior and exterior spaces. The Usonian design is considered one of the early inspirations for the ranch-style homes that were popular in western America in the 1950s.

The design for this home was commissioned by Life magazine in 1938

First Floor Living Spaces:
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 Upstairs Office: Gordon House Wright Office
The Kitchen:
The kitchen had such a cool look to it!

The kitchen had such a cool look to it!

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Upstairs Bedroom:

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Glass doors in the upstairs bedroom fold up so the bedroom opens directly onto the deck. The overhang above the deck is not being held up by any support beam… trickery, I say.

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Front Entrance: 

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Inside the entrance on the ground floor, lots of wood work.

And the floor rug just because I love it!

And the floor rug just because I love it!

Meet Suzette
suzetteI have been traveling for the better part of the last ten years in an effort to get out of my bubble. I set out to learn from other cultures and gain some understanding of the world. No matter where I go, I seek out gems off the beaten path and this site is my attempt to show you how to do the same.

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