Building on our work over the past 10 years, Restore Oregon is excited to launch a year full of mid-century modern educational experiences.

Restore Oregon’s Modernism Committee curated the following architecture, design, and fun events to inspire you to preserve, reuse, and pass forward mid-century modern gems year-round:

(Please note: all tickets to Joachim Grube Home, A Private Tour have been claimed and are not included with any new Modernist Society memberships.)

For the first time, the home that architect Joachim Grube designed for his family is available to tour! This home is in pristine, nearly original condition. We’ll also be featuring the works of renowned Pacific Northwest woodcarver, Leroy Setziol, the carvings and weavings of his daughter, Monica Setziol-Phillips, and block printing done by Grube himself. Learn more...


  • April 8th, 2023


(Please note: all tickets to Joachim Grube Home, A Private Tour have been claimed and are not included with any new Modernist Society memberships.)

Mr. Rummer’s Neighborhood

Famed Oregon builder, Robert Rummer–inspired by the popular California houses designed by developer Joe Eichler–launched Rummer Homes, Inc. in 1959. He built around 750 modern homes in the Portland area that were often clustered together in neighborhoods, which makes them convenient tour locations.

Here’s your chance to tour four Rummer-built homes in the SW Portland neighborhood of  Bohmann Park, including his own, personal residence!


  • May 13, 2023
  • Tickets: $50
  • Modernist Society Members: Register for your ticket starting 03/20/23.
  • Just for Modernist Society members: early access to purchase 3 discounted tickets at $45 each, and unlimited at the general sale price.
  • General admission tickets on sale 04/03/23

SOLD OUT: Members-Only Cocktail Party

The first 50 Restore Oregon Modernist Society members to sign up will receive a special invite to join us for a spectacular cocktail party at the MCM home of Haley & Steve Lewis. Hang out with like-minded modern architecture fans while we sway to the tropical tunes of Justin DuPré, co-producer of Tiki Kon. Guests will also dance up to the bar, sponsored by Bramske Studio, to sip custom cocktails created by mixologist Sierra Kirk.

Details: July 15th, 5-7pm

Reception at the Pietro Belluschi Architectural Resource Center @ Oregon Historical Society, August 18, 2023

Celebrate the Pietro Bellluschi Architectural Resource Center on Pietro’s birthday.

More details to follow. No tickets are needed.


Image of Pietro Belluschi by Nancy Rica Schiff.

Journey of a Modern Office Space: Lecture and Tour of the Living Room Realty Headquarters

Designed by Frank Blachly and originally constructed in 1962, as the Postal Employees Credit Union, this International Style building housed the Credit Union for over 30 years before becoming a juvenile corrections facility. 

Sold to Living Room Realty in 2018, the new owners envisioned restoring the building back to its former 1960s design. Razor wire and other remnants of the corrections facility were removed, and historic features like curved glulam beams and color-blocked stained glass were restored. Aiming for a harmonious balance between historic and new, the design team drew inspiration from the structure’s historic stained glass and infused those colors into bathrooms and hallway doors. 

This event will start with a discussion of the renovation by the owner of Living Room Realty, Jenelle Isaacson Etzel.  She will speak to the process of the renovations, the decision to keep it as close to the original floor plan as possible and the significance of it being the postal workers credit union. This will be followed by a presentation by photographer, Sally Painter, and Brandon Spencer-Hartle. Sally has photographed many iconic Modern resources like Pietro Belluschi-designed Sutor Home and Burkes-Belluschi. She has recently been documenting historic resources for the City of Portland to ensure that technical documents, public materials, and the Historic Resources Inventory visually convey the importance of the city’s most historically and culturally significant places. Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Senior City Planner with Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will talk about how documenting historic places can serve as a strategy for ensuring their ongoing use and preservation.

This tour is exclusive to the first 100 guests. Claim yours now!

Tour & Lecture Details:

  • October 14, 2023, 6:30 pm
  • Ticket: $25
  • Modernist Society Members: Register for your ticket starting 08/19/23.
  • General admission tickets on sale 09/07/23

Oregon Made, second edition

Oregon Made is the ideal primer for anyone eager to learn how a worldwide design movement was adapted to function in harmony with the unique climate, landscape, and indigenous materials of the Pacific Northwest. Includes in-depth descriptions of more than 20 homes designed by renowned architects such as Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, Robert Rummer, Saul Zaik, John Storrs, and more!

Here’s something you won’t want to miss...

Restore Oregon is unveiling a new way to experience Pacific Northwest Modern all year round

Join founding members Anthony and Marti Belluschi and become a Restore Oregon Modernist Society member!

For only $250 per year (that’s just about $20 a month), Restore Oregon Modernist Society Members gain access to a collection of private and public events curated by Restore Oregon – all around Mid-Century and modern design. And more!

Additional offerings will be added throughout the year. Restore Oregon Modernist Society members will have exclusive first access! The only way to ensure you get a ticket to our 2023 programming is to sign up now!

Your Society membership is also fueling the important work done by Restore Oregon, your only statewide nonprofit focusing on historic preservation.

Your 2023 Modernist Society Membership includes:

One ticket to Restore Oregon Modernism events in 2023.

See current events above with additional events to be announced.

(Please note: all tickets to Joachim Grube Home, A Private Tour have been claimed and are not included with any new Modernist Society memberships.)

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Members-only, exclusive access to Restore Oregon’s Modernism digital library, including online tours of past Mid-Century Modern home tours! Access opens in March 2023.

Image by Dina Avila

Exclusive pre-sale access to purchase additional discounted event tickets (for select events, quantity based on venue capacity).

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One of Portland’s most anticipated design and architecture events of the year has grown to a year-round event, called Restore Oregon Modernism.

Sponsorships are available that cover all events and support our work to save historic places across the state.

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