2013 Portland Modern Home Tour; Saturday, March 9

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In two weeks, Modern Home Tours returns to The City of Roses. Select homes will open their doors for a day of modern architecture exploration on Saturday, March 9th.

"Eye-brow House"

The 2013 Portland Modern Home Tour will take place in two weeks on Saturday, March 9th. The self-guided driving tour will feature eight to ten architecturally progressive and contemporary homes that exemplify modern living in the Portland area. Visitors will see first-hand how select homes in Portland incorporate the principles of modernist thinking with cutting edge building science to create a completely modern dwelling.

Local architecture expert Brian Libby, founder of http://www.portlandarchitecture.com, has signed on as Tour Consultant for the 2013 Portland Modern Home Tour.

“Portland has a fine tradition of modern houses,” says Libby. “The Northwest regional modern style has long been known for not only its clean lines, but the use of natural materials and wood, dating back to masters of the early and mid-20th century like Pietro Belluschi and John Yeon. The 2013 Modern Home Tour promises to be another fulfilling day of local exploration of the area’s finest architects.”

Some of the homes featured on this year’s Modern Home Tour include*:

  •     The famous “Eyebrow House” in Mt. Tabor, featured in an episode of “Portlandia” and in ReadyMade Magazine and Portland Monthly, designed by Edgar Papazian.
  •     A historic 1949 home in the West Hills, designed by John Dukehart and renovated by its current owner, wood artisan, Patrick O'Neil.
  •     A house in the central northeast area of Portland, designed by perennial award-winning Portland firm Works Partnership Architecture, based on a prototype design the firm hopes to begin building on a wider scale.
  •     A house by Portland's Departure Design in Collins View that is one of the city's first built to rigid PassiveHouse standards for energy efficiency.
  •     A second house by Departure Design in Hosford-Abernathy that is a perfect example of simple and straightforward design.
  •     A luxury condo in Southeast Portland's Clinton neighborhood by another acclaimed local firm, Holst Architecture, sumptuous in its juxtaposition of glass, mahogany and weathered steel.
  •     A unit in the North House condominium on Portland's burgeoning North Vancouver Avenue in the Boise neighborhood, featured in Dwell magazine, designed by William Kaven.
  •     A historic 1966 home in Portland's West Hills, designed by Richard Campbell, that epitomizes mid-20th century Northwest modernism, clean-lined with an elegant simplicity yet teeming with natural wood.
  •     A unit in the award-winning Lair Condominiums in Portland's historic Lair Hill neighborhood just south of downtown, designed by renowned Portland architect Rick Potestio.
  • Final line-up is subject to change.

Participating homes will open their doors for viewing from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 9, in and around Portland, Oregon. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 on the day of the tour, available at designated locations. All are invited. Kids under 12 are free. For more details and a current list of homes, please visit http://portland.modernhometours.com.

About Modern Home Tours, LLC: Based in Austin, Texas, Modern Home Tours, LLC was founded by partners Matt Swinney & James Leasure to introduce Modern architecture and living to people across the nation. Through fun and informative tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, we invite people into some of the most exciting examples of Modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, our home tours are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Not only will you learn about the cutting edge of home design while on our tours, but you might even get an idea or two for your next home project!

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