Happy Friday everyone! Today we invite you all to come and visit one of he most Historic Homes in not only the City of Hillsboro but in all of Oregon. My partner and I are very proud to be the marketing team selected to handle the sale of the historic Johnson-Belluschi Home which is located smack dab in the heart of the Orenco Station! It is the last Historic Home on the farm and estates that made up Ronler Acres.
Before I dive into the fascinating history let’s get the invite out there:
EVENTS: OPEN HOUSEs – Historic Johnson-Belluschi Home-
WHERE: 1513 NE Stile Drive Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
WHEN: Friday 10/28/16 From 4-6 – Refreshments Served
Sunday 10/30/16 From 1-4 PM- Refreshments Served
WHY: An amazing home – great opportunity – Historic Appreciation
Here is additional History:
Pietro Belluschi designed the Johnson House in November, 1950 for Edward H. Johnson. E. H. Johnson was married and had at least three children by the time the family moved into the house in 1951. An online genealogy site shows the family ultimately comprised of Edward Christian Hugh Johnson, his wife Harriet L (Miles), and children Laura, James, Roderick, Mary Alice, and Isabelle (unverified). Edward died in 1991. Edward H. Johnson is shown as the owner of the property on the 1964 Metsker map, which at that time was a large rectangular parcel with its south end on the Hillsboro-Orenco-Cornelius Road (later Cornell). The property was previously owned by Edward’s father, Myron R. Johnson, who, with his wife Laura, owned quite a bit of land in and around Orenco. Myron Johnson, according to his obituary, was the president of First National Bank in Forest Grove from 1916 until his retirement in 1940. By 1964, there were several parcels still in the ownership of M. R. Johnson on the south side of Cornell Road. The E H Johnson property is also surrounded on the north and east by Hillsboro’s Ronler Acres subdivision, which was platted in 1959 and featured large (15,000 sf) lots. However, the Ronler Acres subdivision failed to generate new development; by the mid-1980s there was only one house and one duplex in the entire subdivision. In 1988 Hillsboro created an urban renewal area which drew residential, commercial, and light industrial development in Ronler Acres. The house’s interior is oriented to the east, with large picture windows facing that direction towards what was likely a very rural setting in 1950-51. It is not clear whether E H Johnson or Pietro Belluschi knew that the Ronler Acres subdivision was to be platted in less than a decade after the house was built, but the family planted trees about 70 feet from the east side of the house sometime in the mid- to late-1960s. Belluschi, an internationally reknowned architect and the recipient of the 1972 Gold Medal from the AIA, was born in Italy and studied engineering in Rome. He then attended Cornell University where he attained a graduate degree in engineering before moving to Portland. He started work for the best-known architect in Portland, A. E. Doyle in 1925, and by 1927 had become the firm’s chief designer. The E H Johnson house was Belluschi’s last residential work in Oregon prior to leaving for his appointment as dean of the MIT School of Architecture in 1951. Belluschi served there until 1965, when he was required to retire.
Here is the site assesment that was done before recent developments and the current owners created the Ambiance and gorgeous appointments we see now.
The Johnson House is a simple, two-story gabled volume with exposed rafter tails and its original wood siding. It is an excellent example of the Northwest Regional modern style developed by Belluschi and his colleagues John Yeon, Van Evera Bailey, and others. The style uses local materials, predominantly wood, for both structural and finish materials, with colors that typically complement the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Further, the style showcases the relationship between the outside and the inside, often with designs that rely on views or gardens to bring the landscape into the experience of the house. Belluschi designed the E. H. Johnson house and carport to form an “L,” connected via a breezeway. The carport is a simple, low, and unassuming structure, but it performs an important role in creating an outdoor entry courtyard for the house. The courtyard is a place of arrival and the culmination of the long entry driveway with its allee of deciduous trees. Numerous examples of Belluschi’s residential work with an “L”-shaped entry court include the 1940 Joss House, the 1941 Platt House, 1941 Myers House in Seattle, and the Burkes House, 1944-48. The house is oriented towards the east, with a large centrally-located window opening. The current setting of the house is different than its original open, rural setting. The gravel driveway extends to the north off a busy, multi-lane road, Cornell Road, with a light industrial campus on the south side and a commercial development (the New Seasons Grocery is the primary tenant) on the north. The driveway passes this commercial development under an allee of mature trees including Oaks and Maples. To the west is a new residential subdivision, and to the east is another subdivision separated from the property by an open field. About 70 feet from the east side of the house, and extending back towards the house to create an enclosure, is a line of mature conifers planted sometime in the mid- to late-1960s. There are two shed outbuildings, both to the north of the house, as well as an outdoor pool. None of these structures were present until after 1965, so they are not original to the design. The location, design, materials, workmanship, and association of the house remain unchanged, and the historic feeling of the property is present at least at the exterior (photographs and determination of original finishes and layout at the interior is needed for a full assessment of integrity).