Tour the Iconic Watzek House for Father's Day

The Northwest modernist gem tucked in the West Hills welcomes design fans.

By Zach Dundas June 9, 2015

Tucked in the West Hills, the Watzek House is one of Portland's best-known and, perhaps, least-seen architectural treasures.

The 1937 masterwork of a young designer with no formal architectural training, the house made for lumber baron Aubrey Watzek exemplifies John Yeon's bold and robustly Northwestern response to modernism. Yeon used regional woods and historical motifs in a graceful suite of distinct rooms to create what he described as "a sequence of revelations."

The house—Portland's only residence on the National Historic Register—is now part of the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center, which is staging a pair of special tours for Father's Day, June 21.

Tours begin at 1 pm and 3:30 pm, with Yeon Center director (and Portland Monthly contributor) Randy Gragg and Blue Sky Gallery director Todd Tubutis conducting and showing vintage photographs of the house published worldwide.  Refreshments included. Tickets here.

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