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Designed for the lumber baron and civic patron Aubrey Watzek when John Yeon was just 26 years old, the Watzek House instantly became an icon for bold, new regional interpretations of the Modernist movement. The Museum of Modern Art published the home in its 1939 10th anniversary book, Art of Our Time, with Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Jacobs House. Built from a veritable symphony of regional woods and inventive distillations of historical motifs, Yeon described the design as “a sequence of revelations.”
The Yeon Center offers group tours of the Watzek House and curates regular dinners and larger group conversations with visiting and local leaders in design and conservation. The house is available on a limited basis for day retreats for non-profits, foundations, and mission-related businesses. Catering at the Watzek House is provided by the celebrated restaurant Luce.
Drawing at the Watzek House
Spend time observing the intimate details of the Watzek house by bringing your favorite sketching medium. The house is rich with unique architecture, furniture, and art that is best understood through close visual study. Whether you’re an architect, a graphic designer, or a hobbyist, artists of all kinds are welcome to come and draw.
View the drawings from previous events in the slideshow below.
Tour the Shire
Enjoy the landscape Yeon sculpted for the sole purpose of relishing the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge on one of our periodic tours. Walk the manicured paths, absorb the captured views of Multnomah Falls, and enjoy the place that inspired the creation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Join the Yeon Center membership for the annual Picnic at The Shire.