By Restore Oregon
For the Hollywood Star News
At least six Portland and Lake Oswego area homes designed by the influential, but under-recognized, architect Van Evera Bailey will be featured on Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on Saturday, May 9. Bailey, along with Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, and Saul Zaik, developed the Northwest Regional Style of modern architecture. His early career included working with Richard Neutra as supervising architect for the Jan de Graaff house in Portland.
The tour, a fund raiser for the non-profit Restore Oregon, presents the first time such a collection of Bailey’s work has been open to the public and includes his own home. Spanning several decades, from 1929 to the 1960s, the spectrum of houses reflects the evolution of his style which is characterized by large windows, deep overhangs, and the use of an elegant stilt system for siting homes on steep hillsides.
Preceding the tour on Friday evening, May 8, Restore Oregon will present a complementary program entitled Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism. An expert panel will provide insights on Bailey and the scope of his career, which included numerous commissions in Pasadena and Palm Springs. The program will also discuss 21st century interpretations of mid-century interior design and the growing movement to preserve Modern architecture.
“Modern architecture has now passed the age where it can be considered historic,” notes Restore Oregon Executive Director, Peggy Moretti. “In addition to celebrating its grace and innovation, our tour calls attention to the need for the thoughtful preservation of modern architecture. There are many buildings whose historic significance remains unrecognized and much in need of stewardship.”
Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Celebrating Van Evera Bailey
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Portland
Tickets: $45/general; $35/members
Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism
A panel discussion on Bailey’s career, MCM design, and preservation
Friday, May 8, 2015
7 p.m., Central Lutheran Church, Portland
Tickets: $15/general; $10 members
Purchase online: www.RestoreOregon.org or call Restore Oregon at (503) 243-1923
Proceeds benefit the programs of Restore Oregon, a non-profit devoted to saving Oregon’s historic places, from the Pioneer through Modern eras.