Preserve, Reuse, and Pass Forward Oregon's Historic Resources...
It is my belief that Rummer homes, and many of their type built during the "mid-century" period in American architecture, were intended to answer the housing needs of average people. Modernism, as espoused by the Bauhaus and other movements which led to these styles, referred to modern houses as "machines for living".
Being a dedicated follower of true and stylized modernism, I am shocked by the packaging of this tour as an elite, highly costly fund-raiser to expose only the priviledged to the style.
Really, should it cost $130 for two people to tour a collection of houses built for the proletariat in middle-class Portland? As much as I would love to attend, I'll have to pass.
Hi, Rick - the tour tickets were $35 for members, so a pair of tickets would have been $70 (you may have been looking at the package price for our weekend) not a small amount, but not "elite," either. The plain truth is that non-profits have to raise money and this is one way that we do it. It helps us keep other costs low - many of our programs cost less than $10 and our forum in the fall is free to members. Given what the HPLO accomplishes, I think we're a helluva bargain!