Modern Home Tours is returning to Portland Saturday, March 9th, and it will feature a home located in South Portland’s Lair Hill.  Modern Home Tour has “scoured the area and had creative homeowners, designers, architects, and builders submit some of the most interesting Portland residencies.”  The tour will be self-guided, and it will feature six to ten architecturally progressive and contemporary homes that exemplify modern living in the Portland area.

In 2012, the Modern Home Tour featured such local architects as Emily Refi, Ellen Fortin and Michael Tingley, Design for Occupancy, and William Kaven.  It included notable local masterpieces such as Treehouse, Harpoon House, Interchange House, and The Park Box.

The Tour Consultant for the 2013 Portland Modern Home Tour will be local architecture expert Brian Libby.  According to Libby, “Portland has a fine tradition of modern houses.  The Northwest regional modern style has long been known for not only its clean lines, but the use of natural materials and wood, dating back to masters of the early and mid-20th century like Pietro Belluschi and John Yeon.  The 2013 Modern Home Tour promises to be another fulfilling day of local exploration of the area’s finest architects.”

In South Portland, the Tour will feature a unit in the award-winning Lair Condominiums in Portland’s historic Lair Hill neighborhood, designed by renowned Portland architect Rick Potestio.  Some other houses include the “Eyebrow House,” in Mt. Tabor, designed by Edgar Papazian; a historic 1949 home, also in the West Hills, designed by Patrick O’Neil; a house by perennial award-swinning Portland firm Works Patnership; a luxury condo in Southeast Portland’s Clinton neighborhood by Holst Architecture; a historic 1966 home in Portland’s West Hills, a house by Portland’s Departure Design, and a unit in the North House condominium n Portland’s burgeoning North Vancouver Avenue.

Modern Home Tours is based in Austin, Texas.  It was founded by partners Matt Swinney and James Leasure to introduce Modern architecture and living to people across the nation.  Through fun and informative tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, they invite people into some of the most exciting examples of Modern architecture and design in the nation.  With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, their home tours are unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Purchase your tickets from their website any time before 8:00 pm March 8 for $30 to get into all the homes on the tour.  The tour will take place Saturday, March 9 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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