West Coast Road Trip (continued)
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 Homes. The 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.
The design for this home was commissioned by Life magazine in 1938.