Modernist tour goers won’t have to miss this year’s Annual Mid Century Modern Design Series from Restore Oregon. The historic preservation group has pivoted their tour model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and have turned their offerings digital! This means that patrons who support the organization’s preservation efforts by buying a ticket to the series between now and July 31st, can enjoy the lectures, tours and publications online and at their leisure.

Restore Oregon 2020 tour house is this Gordon-House by Emerick Architects. The mid century modern kitchen has blonde wood paneling on the ceiling and the kitchen island. Bertoia style bar stools break up the look
The Gordon House in Lake Oswego is one of the houses on this year’s Restore Oregon Tour. Photo courtesy of Emerick Architects.

How It Works

As usual, the Design Series is comprised of a variety of offerings from lectures to home tours. This year, the lectures (three of them) are offered as webinars covering topics such as the History of Pacific Northwest Modernism and Buying & Selling Pacific Northwest Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Then for the tour, Restore Oregon has partnered with a local vendor, 360 PDX Real Estate Photography, to use  state-of-the-art 3D technology, called Matterport, to deliver three tours to ticket holders at the push of a button. The Matterport technology provides a 360-virtual tour that allows tour-goers to get up close and personal with every fixture and fabric in the home. It’s the same technology that the Smithsonian recently used to offer virtual tours of 5 heritage landmarks in Egypt

“Once a someone buys a ticket, they will receive one or two digital books (depending on what they purchased; Part 1, Part 2, or both) to access the digital content in form of a flip book/digital magazine,” says Jeannette Shupp, marketing manager for Restore Oregon. “All links for the 2020 Mid-Century Modern Design Series digital books will be available through July 31st. Ticket holders may access the books as frequently as they would like during that time.”

Related Reading: Northwest Regional Style:The Mid Mod Of The Pacific Northwest

The Sutor House by famed italian architect Pietro Belluschi is on this year's Restore Oregon tour. Photo by Sally Painter.
The Sutor House by famed italian architect Pietro Belluschi is on this year’s tour. Photo by Sally Painter.

Atomic Ranch is a proud sponsor of the event which is is one of Restore Oregon’s largest educational and fundraising events of the year. Its proceeds allow the organization to carry out their mission as a nonprofit organization. Part 1 tickets which get you access to all the webinars are $25 ($20 for Restore Oregon members) and Part 2 tickets which include all three house tours are $50 ($40 for members. You can purchase tickets here.

To find out more about the event including special raffles go to the Mid Century Modern Design Series ticketing site. 

Inspired by Oregon’s Mid Mod history? Then check out this tour of a Portland split level. Or this unique renovation of another mod Portland gem.

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