While on spring break, our social media specialist took her children on an architectural adventure and discovered a Frank Lloyd Wright home right here in Oregon.
Located in the charming town of Silverton, The Gordon House is the only house in Oregon that Frank Lloyd Wright designed. In 2001, it was completely dismantled, moved, and restored to its original splendor to where it currently sits on the grounds of the Oregon Garden. The Gordon House is open to the public and offers tours.
“The Gordon House belongs to a category of modest, low-cost houses that Wright called Usonian. The concept, which the architect developed beginning in 1936, was a versatile, standardized house plan that could be adapted to the requirements of Americans of moderate means. Without sacrificing his core architectural principle—harmony among building form and function, building site, and natural materials—Wright achieved economy in Usonian houses by reducing scale and simplifying the construction process.” from Oregon Encyclopedia
The Oregon Garden is an 80 acre botanical garden with 20 individual gardens throughout the grounds. The garden varieties include a children’s garden, pet friendly garden, water garden, and a rose garden. The Oregon Garden host many cultural events and is open everyday of the year. Overnight accommodations are available at Oregon Garden Resort which over look the 80 acre park.
Silverton is located just about 15 miles from Salem, Oregon. It is step back in time with brick store fronts and neighborhoods full of gingerbread style homes. It is also the gateway to incredible hiking opportunities too. The Gordon House and The Oregon Garden are two wonderful places that should be on everyone’s Oregon bucket list!