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Reconstruction Begins on Historic Belluschi House

For Release: September 4, 2012

Reconstruction of a small but historically significant home designed by noted Portland architect Pietro Belluschi and donated to Marylhurst University will begin this fall. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the restoration project will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 11 at the south end of the Marylhurst campus.

The 911-square-foot, mid-century-modern home, donated to the university by Tim Mather of MCM Construction, was designed for a Lake Oswego couple in 1951. It is believed to be one of only a few Belluschi-designed residences that remains unaltered, and the only one of its kind in Lake Oswego. The Italian-born Belluschi was involved in the design of an estimated 1,000 buildings over his 50-year career, including the Portland Art Museum, the Julliard School of Music in New York and St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. He is widely known as the creator of the Northwest style of architecture, and his homes were constructed to take advantage of their natural surroundings and available light.

Major contributions of money, materials and services have come from the Kinsman Foundation, Belluschi family members, Marylhurst trustees, the Bank of Oswego and Coffman Excavation, among many others.

"It is wonderful to see a special project that we have been working on for nearly three years now finally coming to fruition," said Michael Lammers, Marylhurst chief financial officer and executive vice president for finance and facilities. "The Belluschi house truly is an historic landmark, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to house it on our campus where it can be used by our students, the architectural community and the broader community for a range of learning opportunities and events.

"We're especially grateful for all of the support we have received from foundations, individual donors and the building community. Their gifts of money and materials have made all the difference in allowing us to preserve and share this architectural gem on the Marylhurst campus."

Completion of the project is tentatively scheduled for summer 2013.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore. on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. More than 1,900 students earn degrees on campus and online. Marylhurst offers 20 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate degrees and 13 professional certificates, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies to prepare students as interdisciplinary thinkers and ethical leaders.

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