Visit us on weekends through March!
From February 1st through April 3rd the Gordon House will offer guided tours of the interior on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. We are closed for weekday tours as we undergo landscaping construction work.
Gordon House Closed
February 22, 2024
The Gordon House is searching for docent tour guides who enjoy sharing enthusiasm for Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture in an engaging way. Is this you? Sign up to become a volunteer – training is provided!
The Gordon House is searching for docent tour guides who enjoy sharing enthusiasm for Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and engaging with guests. Is this you? Sign up to become a volunteer – training is provided!
Join us for a 45-minute guided tour of the Gordon House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only design built in Oregon. During which, guests will learn about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian vision, the homeowners Ed and Evelyn Gordon, and how the house found its way to Silverton.
Your contributions help us fulfill our mission to educate the public about Wright’s architectural principles and to preserve the home for future generations.
A Story in Every Room
The Gordon House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only design built in Oregon. Experience a guided tour of the home with our knowledgeable and docents, feel it’s rich history as you move through each room, and learn more about how an Oregon farm family commissioned Mr. Wright to design their home, the theories and practices of Wright’s architecture, the near destruction of the home in 2000, and the effort to rescue and reconstruct the house in Historic Silverton.
“Organic architecture seeks a unique sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
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In the 1930s Frank Lloyd Wright designed an important series of houses for families of widely varying means that came to be called Usonian, a term Wright used to describe a philosophy of living in harmony with the land he envisioned as unique to the United States of North America, USONA. These Usonian homes were revolutionary in their time and have influenced modern houses of all sizes and prices since their creation. For many Usonian houses, Frank Lloyd Wright included a wood cutout window pattern unique to each design in perforated boards known as “FRETWORK.”
The NETWORK is you — those interested in the Gordon House Conservancy activities and efforts to preserve Wright’s only design built in Oregon.
Step Into History
“I’d like to have architecture that belonged where you see it standing and was a grace to the landscape instead of a disgrace, where everybody would have room, peace, comfort, and every establishment would be appropriate to every man.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Live in your own Usonian home:
Lindal Cedar Homes has partnered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin to design the Silverton, a translation of the Gordon House floor plan that can be built on your own property. Please visit Lindal’s Usonian Houses page for more information.
Air Conditioning Units funded by a grant from the Silverton Tourism Promotion Committee. Landscaping funded by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.