Pietro Belluschi became known as the most important architect to have lived and worked in Oregon. Through September 9, an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society presents an overview of Belluschi’s architectural contributions.
He was recognized for being a prominent contributor to a style known as Pacific Northwest Regionalism as well as for mastering modern design innovations. While his buildings and influence can be found throughout the United States, many of his significant works are here in Oregon – including churches, homes and office buildings. Belluschi’s success was not only as an architect, he was also known and respected as a philosopher, educator, collaborator, advisor, and mentor.
There were three major phases in Belluschi’s career, two of which were in Oregon. First as a Northwest regionalist, his work reflected the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Arts and Crafts movement and also Modernism. The next phase began in 1951 when he became Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During this time, in addition to educating and lecturing as Dean, he collaborated on buildings with numerous firms around the country, most all of which were better off with his input and advice.
For exhibit hours and ticket prices, see ohs.org.