Saving the Gordon House: 9/14 MOOT Event

MOOT is excited to present an evening talk by Molly Murphy about the historic Gordon House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in Oregon. The house, designed in 1957, was one of Wright’s Usonian homes designed for the middle and working class, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Originally located adjacent to the Willamette River and neglected for years, the house was
threatened with demolition in 2001. With major grants and donations, the Frank, American
Institute of Architects, and City of Silverton were able to dismantle and move the historic home
to the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The disassembly and move required a significant amount of
preservation work, but a year after the home was moved it was opened as a museum and remains the only Wright house accessible to the public in the Pacific Northwest and one of a few in the United States.

Molly Murphy is the General Director for the Gordon House Conservancy, and has worked for that organization since the time of the move. She will present the history of the house, along with a 10-minute film about saving and restoring the home with information about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian design movement. In addition to working for historic home preservation in multiple locations, Murphy herself lives in the historic old Mount Hope School building near Molalla.

She will share her passion for preservation and knowledge about this state treasure, the Gordon House, on Wednesday Sept. 14 from 7-8 p.m. at MOOT.