Explore Modern Homes in the Pacific Northwest Again This Spring

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The Fourth Annual Portland and Seattle Modern Home Tours take place this spring on back-to-back weekends; Saturday April 25th (Portland) and Saturday May 2nd (Seattle). Tourgoers have the rare chance to visit and walk-through some of the greatest modern homes in each city, and meet the local architects, builders and homeowners behind the designs; ‘two-tour’ combination tickets available for a double-dose of modern at a discount price.

Aurea Residence-Chris Pardo

The Pacific Northwest has some of the finest examples of residential modern architecture... We always look forward to our Seattle and Portland visits each year, and 2015 is no exception.

Modern Home Tours is returning to the Pacific Northwest this spring for back-to-back tours in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The fourth annual Portland Modern Home Tour will take place on Saturday, April 25th; the following weekend, Saturday, May 2nd, homes three hours north will open their doors for the fourth annual Seattle Modern Home Tour.

During the 2015 Portland and Seattle Modern Home Tours, visitors will explore five to eight private homes in each area that exemplify modern architecture and living. Tour-goers can get the inside scoop from homeowners on what it’s like to live in a modern home, and talk to the architects to find out where they got their inspiration. This is every Seattle and Portland resident’s chance to check out ‘that cool house you always drive by…’

“The Pacific Northwest has some of the finest examples of residential modern architecture,” explains Modern Home Tours president and co-founder James Leasure. “Between the eco-friendly consciousness, and the truly amazing landscape, the entire region has become a hotspot for architects to experiment with some truly inspiring modern ideas and concepts. We always look forward to our Seattle and Portland visits each year, and 2015 is no exception.”

Leasure adds the back-to-back weekends this year make for a great way to explore the architecture of both cities: “We thought it would be a lot of fun to offer modern home lovers the chance to explore architecture in one city on one weekend, and then make a short trip to a second, neighboring city the following weekend for a friendly and entertaining comparison of local designs and traits. It is a short road trip between Seattle and Portland, and it’s exciting to offer this opportunity to residents of two cities in two states.”

In Portland, local architecture expert Brian Libby, founder of portlandarchitecture.com, has signed on for the third year in a row as Tour Curator for the Portland Modern Home Tour. To date, participants include Homes by Brent Keys, Cellar Ridge Construction, JHL design inc., MOA Architecture, Capstone Partners and SERA Architects. Modern Home Tours is currently still searching for a non-profit partner in Portland.

To date in Seattle, participants include SHED Architecture & Design, architect Chris Pardo, Noble Ridge Construction, Malboeuf Bowie Architecture, and Craig McNary - the current owner of famous local architect James Chiarelli’s personal home, which is listed as a City of Seattle Landmark. Additionally, for the fourth year in a row, the Seattle Architecture Foundation has been named the tour’s local non-profit beneficiary. They will help staff the event, in return for a small donation and the opportunity to use the tour as a fundraising vehicle.

Homes for each tour are currently still being accepted and confirmed. Up to date details and a list of confirmed homes for each tour can be found at http://www.modernhometours.com. Participating homes will open their doors for viewing from 11AM – 5PM on Saturday, April 25th in Portland, Oregon, and on Saturday, May 2nd in Seattle, Washington. All are invited to attend.

Tickets for each tour are $30 in advance online, $40 on the day of. Modern Home Tours is also offering a special discounted combination ticket for $50 to visit both tours. Details can be found at http://www.modernhometours.com.

About Modern Home Tours, LLC: Based in Austin, Texas, Modern Home Tours, LLC was founded by James Leasure in 2010 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, the group invites people into some of the most exciting examples of modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, the Modern 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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