A Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Midcentury Home Hits the Market For $595K

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By Lucy Wang
This stunning time capsule of unique midcentury design has nearly all of its original details intact—and it just listed for the first time in Portland, Oregon.

Hoping to bring the magic of Frank Lloyd Wright to the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1950s, Lillian Durig asked her brother, architect Stephen Mayer, to design and build a Usonian-inspired home in Portland, Oregon.

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Located in NE Portland on a 0.12-acre lot, the well-preserved home is clad in board-and-batten cedar siding.

Located in NE Portland on a 0.12-acre lot, the well-preserved home is clad in board-and-batten cedar siding.

Completed in 1957 (in spite of the neighbor’s complaints about the flat roof), the house cleaves close to Usonian ideals and features affordable materials, simple construction, and an open-plan layout that embraces the outdoors. Over fifty years later, the home has most of its original details intact, and the community has celebrated it as a time capsule of midcentury design; the late owner even opened up her home to architectural tours.

A look at the entry foyer with a closet sheathed behind sliding doors on the right and the living area to the left.

A look at the entry foyer with a closet sheathed behind sliding doors on the right and the living area to the left.

Lillian and her husband Bill handpicked all of the materials, including the vertical-grain fir paneling.

Lillian and her husband Bill handpicked all of the materials, including the vertical-grain fir paneling.

Beautifully preserved with original fixtures throughout, the three-bedroom, two-bath custom home in the Concordia neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, is now seeking a new owner at an asking price of $595,000.

Large custom windows frame the front of the residence.

Large custom windows frame the front of the residence.

A masonry core at the heart of the home features a cantilevered, polished concrete hearth that has naturally darkened with age.

A masonry core at the heart of the home features a cantilevered, polished concrete hearth that has naturally darkened with age.

A timber curtain wall with floating shelves divides the living room from the kitchen and dining areas.

A timber curtain wall with floating shelves divides the living room from the kitchen and dining areas.

Floor-to-ceiling windows pull views of the backyard patio into the dining area.

Floor-to-ceiling windows pull views of the backyard patio into the dining area.

The kitchen is outfitted with birch cabinetry and a pull-out breakfast bar.

The kitchen is outfitted with birch cabinetry and a pull-out breakfast bar.

The home's midcentury details are still intact, save for the flooring, appliances, and Formica countertops which have been replaced.

The home's midcentury details are still intact, save for the flooring, appliances, and Formica countertops which have been replaced.

A large window over the sink overlooks the backyard and gives the room a spacious feel.

A large window over the sink overlooks the backyard and gives the room a spacious feel.

Open shelving creates flow between the kitchen and dining room.

Open shelving creates flow between the kitchen and dining room.

A look inside the master bedroom. The house includes three bedrooms in total.

A look inside the master bedroom. The house includes three bedrooms in total.

The upstairs bathroom includes a double vanity.

The upstairs bathroom includes a double vanity.

A novelty for its time, the skylight floods the central hallway with natural light.

A novelty for its time, the skylight floods the central hallway with natural light.

A close-up view of one of the home's original lighting fixtures.

A close-up view of one of the home's original lighting fixtures.

A second fireplace can be found in the downstairs recreation room.

A second fireplace can be found in the downstairs recreation room.

The home's landscaping has been meticulously cared for and preserved.

The home's landscaping has been meticulously cared for and preserved.

A rear view of the house from the backyard.

A rear view of the house from the backyard.

Second story floor plan.

Second story floor plan.

First story floor plan.

First story floor plan.

3620 NE Liberty St is now being listed by Marisa Swenson of Modern Homes Portland—Living Room Realty for $595,000. See the full listing here.

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