The Midcentury Modern-inspired residence at the heart of Westwind Farm in Portland, Oregon, boasts a distinguished architectural pedigree.
The home was created late in the career architect of Pietro Belluschi, who designed the Portland Art Museum in 1932 and downtown Portland’s glass-and-aluminum Equitable office building in 1947. Credited with designing more than 1,000 buildings, he collaborated on other landmarks including New York’s Pan Am Building and San Francisco’s Cathedral of Saint Mary.
By the time he was commissioned to work on this house in the late 1970s, he was established as a leader in the Modernist world. And he had helped create and popularize the Northwest Modern residential style, which marries the clean lines and ample use of glass of the International Style with the incorporation of local materials.
Set on the crest of a hill amid 40 acres of forest, flowers and fruit trees, the home retains the hallmarks of its design roots: south-facing expanses of glass, vaulted hemlock-clad ceilings and the extensive use of natural materials. It also demonstrates practical considerations, such as the deep eaves on the pitched roofs to keep rain away from the structure. The resulting home has generous natural light and an open air feeling.
Walls of glass line the living room, the dining room and the open kitchen. Views take in distant farmland and mountains.
While the home has been preserved in near original condition, some updates have been made in keeping with the design intent. The hand-made ceramic tile kitchen floor is today paired with custom maple shelving and granite counters.
The main floor has two bedrooms with full bathrooms. The deck, which leads to an outdoor hot tub and shower, was added.
The basement level contains another bedroom, a bathroom, a sauna and a recording studio – also a more recent addition.
The new pool house can double as a yoga studio or small guesthouse. The oldest structure on the property, the root-cellar building, has been remodeled into a two-story, loft-style guesthouse. There is also a glass greenhouse.
Including a detached studio apartment, there are six complete suites with full bathrooms within the 7,286 square feet of living space.
The grounds include hundreds of trees, colorful bulbs, an orchard and lavender fields.
Downtown Portland is about 11 miles away.