It was the modernist design of the Portland Art Museum in 1932 that launched the career of internationally acclaimed architect Pietro Belluschi (pictured at right). Pietro's architect son, Tony, will discuss the unique experience of inhabiting Belluschi buildings and the significance of Pietro's contributions to Pacific Northwest Regional Modernism. He will provide information about the notable design features of Belluschi homes and his own recent work to preserve, restore and revitalize some of Pietro's houses. Tony will also share insights about learning from and working with his father.
This program is co-sponsored by the Portland Art Museum and Restore Oregon (formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon), a non-profit working to save Oregon’s historic places from the Pioneer to the Mid-Century Modern eras.
Lecture tickets are available starting March 17 through Restore Oregon, with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Tickets are available only through Restore Oregon and will not be sold by the Museum. However, Museum members can claim a $5 discount on the $15 general admission price for the lecture by entering “PAMLOVE” on the ticket order checkout page.
Those interested in personally experiencing Belluschi design may want to participate in Restore Oregon’s Mid-Century Modern Home Tour the following day, featuring six Portland area homes by Pietro Belluschi (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10; tickets $45). This is the first time such a collection of his residential work has been available for viewing, and includes the Burkes-Belluschi House, where Pietro lived from 1973 until his passing in 1994, and where Tony and his wife, Marti, currently live.
Tickets for the lecture and the home tour are being sold separately and are available on line at www.RestoreOregon.org or by calling 503-243-1923.
Photo of Pietro Belluschi courtesy of the Belluschi family.