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Landscaping to Showcase Home Designed by Belluschi

Excerpt from an article by Aaron Spencer in the Daily Journal of Commerce, January 31, 2012.

A Lake Oswego home designed by famed Portland architect Pietro Belluschi is being moved to the Marylhurst University campus for preservation. But incorporating the original landscaping into the new site was a challenge for landscape architect Janet Otten.

The small home – only 921 square feet – was built in 1948 on a woodsy lot for residents Art and Lucy Griffith. The lot's new property owner recently handed the house to Tim Mather of MCM Construction. Mather now has the disassembled house in a storage container outside his firm's office.

After permitting is set, the house will be reconstructed on Marylhurst University's campus. It will be used for classes, events and art shows, and serve as a museum of sorts for Belluschi's work.

Otten had to accommodate these uses and make the landscaping fit with the university setting, but she also had to respect the building's historical nature.

The building, when reconstructed at Marylhurst, will be perched on a slight hill, just as it was in Lake Oswego. From the hillside, visitors will have a view of the campus.

But the hillside of the original home had a small, wooden boardwalk; for this new location, Otten designed a larger terrace of scored, tinted concrete that will complement the house.

The terrace will be lined with a rock wall that will provide seating around the house and line the walkway to the entrance.

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