The Gordon House - Marker #4 - Silverton, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 44° 59.763 W 122° 47.533
10T E 516377 N 4982532
One of four markers describing the history of the Gordon House
Waymark Code: WMJ2X7
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 09/14/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

This marker is the fourth (from the right) of four markers that describe the history of the historic Gordon House and it's architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Text of the marker reads:

The Gordon House

Gordon House Relocation and Reassembly

Descendants of the Gordons sold the Wilsonville property in 2000 and the new owners did not plan to preserve the house. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a charitable organization whose mission is to preserve Wright's legacy, stepped forward and struck an agreement with the new owners to save the house on the condition that it be moved from the site.

In January 2001, The Conservancy signed an agreement with The Oregon Garden Foundation to move the Gordon House 24 miles south to The Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Within nine weeks, The Relocation Team documented, dismantled, packaged and carefully labeled all of the building components including the wood paneling, built-in furniture, doors, cabinets, windows and stairways for transport. The building was cut into four large sections and trucked to Silverton. The largest section, the entire second floor including the concrete block walls, remained intact and proved to be the biggest challenge to move. The concrete block columns, fireplace, red pigmented radiant concrete floor and terraces could no be saved so were reconstructed on site.

The house was sited in an oak grove on The Garden grounds to match the Wilsonville site as closely as possible. The house retains the true north compass orientation to meet Frank Lloyd Wright's design specifications for natural light and ventilation. The painstaking reassembly of the Gordon House took nine months. The view of the Willamette River has been replaced with a serene rural vista, evocative of the original farm setting.

Photo Captions:

How The Gordon House was reconstructed

  • 1. All building components were dismantled, packaged, carefully labeled and moved to the new site.
  • 2. The small basement that houses the heating, plumbing and electrical systems was constructed first.
  •     The footings were built.
  • 3. The building sections were rolled in and placed above the new foundation supported with cribbing.
  • 4. The concrete block walls were built up from the foundation to align with the building sections above.
  •     The roof sections and second floor were lowered onto the concrete block walls.
  •     The hot water radiant heating system was installed.
  •     The concerete floors were poured using crystalline pigment in Wright's favorite color, known as Cherokee
        or Taliesin red, to create Wright's signature color.
  •     Finally, the original woodwork and cabinetry were carefully fitted into place.
  •     Upon completion, all original and reconstructed parts of the house were within 1/16 inch tolerance.

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Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Marion

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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