When revered architect Pietro Belluschi designed a midcentury modern masterpiece for an actor-turned-turkey tycoon, it turned often called the "most progressive home" within the U.S.
At present, the pedigreed property on 5 acres in Oregon's wine nation is for sale at $. million.
Unveiled in the course of the publish-struggle growth, when tract homes have been being duplicated throughout the nation as quick as hammers may strike, this radically modern, customized residence captured the eye of nationwide journal writers and architectural critics, shining the design highlight on distant Yamhill.
The home, constructed on the highest of a knoll searching towards the valley at 25537 NW Dodson Road in Yamhill, value $120,000 at a time when tract houses offered for about $5,000. In 1948, the elegant, single-story ranch home had radiant warmth flooring, seamless indoor-out of doors entrances and the design world's consideration.
The home earned Belluschi an award for excellence by Progressive Structure journal and it was featured in Time and different nationwide magazines.
On the time he was inventing a brand new method to stay on this home, Belluschi was a rising star due to his spare, brick Portland Art Museum and hewas finishing the towering glass-and-aluminum Equitable Constructing (now Commonwealth Constructing) and the glass, marble and granite Oregonian Constructing, each in downtown Portland.
Though targeted on hovering curtain partitions, swooping concrete and lots more and plenty of stone within the metropolis, Belluschi discovered inspiration for this nation residence from its environment.
A pitched roofline and prolonged eaves lined the rambling home, workplace, guesthouse and carport. Exterior partitions have been clad in weathered fir. Bedrooms and personal areas opened to a landscaped courtyard, outlined by a easy portico.
Belluschi reserved essentially the most beautiful parts for the expansive front room, which is bookended by glass partitions. A large hearth was raised from the ground and flush to the wall. Above it, a blinding copper hood reaches to the ceiling.
Frederic Littman, a Hungarian artist dwelling in Portland, was employed to sculpt a feminine kind within the copper. The New York Instances' Residence part included the copper hood in a 1940s story about modern fireplaces.
These dramatic options impressed the unique proprietor, Percy ("P.L.") Menefee, a theater actor in Pasadena, California, who returned to his Oregon roots. He purchased ,800 acres and have become the world's largest producer of broad-breasted Bronze turkeys, in keeping with Gordon Zimmerman, who watched as Menefee's home because it was being constructed and authored the guide, "A Music Of Yamhill And Oregon's Northwestern Willamette Valley."
The property, which was positioned available on the market July 5 by itemizing agent Rita Wolff of M Realty, contains Pinot noir and Pinot blanc vines, gardens, pool and pool home, backyard shed and patios.
Of the ,000 initiatives Belluschi designed or participated in over his lengthy profession, this home was one in all his favorites, in keeping with his son, Portland architect Anthony Belluschi, who obtained a preservation award from Restore Oregon for preserving, restoring and increasing the meticulous engineered and crafted 1948 single-story residence his father created at the top of a ridge in Portland's West Hills.
-- Janet Eastman