Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday June 4!
Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday Open House, June 8th!

Join us on Saturday, June 8th from 11-4 PM to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday at the Gordon House!
Adults/$5, under 18 free! Tickets will be sold at the door.


Visit us for guided tours of the interior!
Visit the Gordon House for guided tours of the interior of the house on Wednesdays through Sundays at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm.

Today at the Gordon House
Today at the Gordon House

July 12, 2024
  • Tour

    July 12, 2024  12:00 pm1:00 pm

  • Tour

    July 12, 2024  1:00 pm2:00 pm

  • Tour

    July 12, 2024  2:00 pm3:00 pm

GordonHouseFW1 Volunteer

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!

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Gordon House Conservancy Mission Statement

To educate the public on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural approach and principles of organic architecture by preserving Frank Lloyd Wright’s only design built in Oregon.

Intent of Historical Interpretation: The full experience that represents a home, the relationship of landscape to the natural surrounds, and interior representation shall be provided. Interpretation shall further the understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s holistic approach. Design year to be represented shall be 1964 when the Gordon House was completed.

The Gordon House shall be restored as a house museum with adaptive reuse as required to accommodate the public. Exhibits shall include a permanent, though selective, collection reflecting the Gordons’ lifestyle, together with educational exhibits illustrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work and continuing influence, particularly from the Usonian period.

A Brief History of the Gordon House


Frank Lloyd Wright designs a home for Evelyn and Ed Gordon, based on a design for a modern home commissioned by Life magazine in 1938. It was originally located near Wilsonville, Oregon, situated to take advantage of views of the adjacent Willamette River on the northwest side and Mt Hood to the east.


Frank Lloyd Wright dies five days after having surgery, on April 9, 1959, in Phoenix, Arizona


Construction of the Gordon House is completed.


The Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy became involved in attempts to preserve the historic house, and in early 2001, they obtained a three-month reprieve to dismantle it and move it to the Oregon Garden, about 21 miles (34 km) southeast of its original location. The Conservancy accepted a proposal from the Oregon Garden Society, assisted by the City of Silverton, to take charge of moving and reinstalling the house. Dismantling began on March 9, 2001. The house was moved in four large pieces, with the upper floor, containing two bedrooms and one bath, moved as a single unit. Overall neglect required refurbishing of the structure’s siding and roofing which was arranged by grants from the Architectural Foundation of Oregon and the Oregon Cultural Trust. A new foundation replicating the original was constructed. 


The Gordon House opens as the only publicly accessible Frank Lloyd Wright home in the Pacific Northwest.


The Gordon House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 2004.


The conservancy continuously restores the Gordon House to its original appearance and preserves this architectural treasure. 

Gordon House Conservancy Board of Directors

Executive Committee Chair: Dave Pierce, Retired Landscape Architect
Vice Chair: Kendra Cox, Co-owner/Business Development, Blazer Industries, Inc.
Treasurer: Jeffrey Prokop, JProkop Design
Secretary: Temporarily Vacant

Board Members at Large

  • Bruce Brown, Retired Architect, GBD Architects
  • Efrain Diaz-Horna, Artist and Poet
  • Tim Richard, Architect
  • Kim Knox, Project Manager, Sheils Obletz Johnsen
  • James Tice, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon-School

Gordon House Staff
Kathy Stemmler, Gordon House General Manager
Mairee MacInnes, Assistant Manager/ Events Coordinator
Laura Weigel, Bookkeeper
Robin Cornuelle, Communications

Gordon House Conservancy Advisory Board
Dodie Brockamp, Executive Director, Silverton Senior Center Ralph Coleman, Ph.D., Retired Associate Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University Trustee—Coleman Endowment Fund
Rob Dortignacq, Historic Architect, Dortignacq and Associates
Bill Failing, Oregon Historical Society, Past Director Nathan Good, Nathan Good Architects
Rick Gustafson, Retired, Sheils Obletz Johnsen
Diane Plesset, ASID, CBD/CKD, Owner, D.P. Design Associates
Jim Tice, Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon

In Memory of Our Friends Passed

  • Carol Caughey, Emerita Assoc Professor-Interior Design
  • Tom Allen, GH Model Sculptor
  • Mac Blown, GH Docent, GH Public Events
  • Bill Eckert, GH Docent
  • Mary Jaeggli Buttles, GH DocentElsa Coleman, GHC Board Chair, GHC Event & Auction Committee, Oregon Garden Foundation Board
  • Walt Hamer, GH Docent
  • Joan Hayward, GH Docent, GHC Board Member, GHC Event & Auction Committee
  • Larry Kassel, GH Art Exhibitor, FLLW Cartoon Artist
  • Norma Paulus, Retired Oregon Superintendent of Schools & Oregon Historical Society
  • Nancy Porous Rhodes, GH Docent, GHC Board Member, GHC Event & Auction Committee
  • Vic Rhodes, GHC Annual Events
  • Bill Vanderheide, GH Docent
  • Larry Woodin, GHC Board Member

Photography credit: Taylor Simpson