Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Strandberg, E.J., Building Contractor (firm); Taliesin Fellowship (firm); Burton G. Goodrich (architect); E. J. Strandberg (building contractor); Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)

Dates: constructed 1963-1964

2 stories, total floor area: 2,133 sq. ft.

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869 West Main Street
Oregon Garden, Silverton , OR 97381-0056

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Conrad and Evelyn Gordon retained Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956 to design a residence on their farm on the Willamette River, near Wilsonville, OR. Wright designed the dwelling in 1957. They erected their two-floor, 2,133-square-foot residence in 1963 after Wright's death, and completed work in 1964, working with his firm, Taliesin Associated Architects (TAA). Burton G. Goodrich of TAA worked with the Gordons on the house's construction. Goodrich worked with building contractor E.J. Strandberg in 1963-1964. This was Frank Lloyd Wright's only house designed in the State of OR.

Building Notes

Wright designed the house on a 7 x 7-foot grid, and utilized a local material, Western redcedar for its interior finishes. The use of local materials was important to Wright to fit within his idea of Organic Architecture. Piping embedded in the concrete floors provided the circulation for radiant heating.

The Gordon House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


After the death of the Gordons, their heirs sold their property. The new owners requested that the house be removed and worked with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to resite it. The house was taken apart for moving in early 2001, and transported to its new site in 03/2001. The house was rebuilt in the Oregon Garden in Silverton, OR, and reopened on 03/02/2002.

Oregon Inventory of Historic Properties: ID n/a

National Register of Historic Places: 04001066 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 11407