From the 1950s through the 1970s, the ranch style became almost ubiquitous as new housing developments sprung up throughout the American West. In this brand new presentation, AHC education committee member Jim Varner explores the ranch from its beginnings as an indigenous housing style, through the World War II era and beyond, when it became so popular that nearly 75% of new houses constructed in the 1950s were built in the ranch style. Along the way, Jim will discuss the achievements of architects and builders, such as Cliff May, Joseph Eichler, and Oregon’s own Robert Rummer, as well as major influences on the style.
Jim Varner previously presented an AHC talk on the Prairie Style in 2016.
This lecture program is held at the Architectural Heritage Center - 701 SE Grand Avenue
Parking is on-street (free on Saturdays) or in the parking lot on the west side of Grand Avenue between SE Yamhill and Belmont Streets - just to the north of the Grand Marketplace. Do not use the lot where Dutch Bros. Coffee is located. Thank you to Bolliger and Sons Insurance for sharing their lot with us for our evening and Saturday education programs.
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