In honor of our 120th birthday, we're revisiting a space that once graced our pages. The home that epitomized "the architecture of the next America" is revamped for today's tastes by an enterprising team in Oregon.
West Coast modernist architect John Yeon knew one secret to good living: getting outside. "He loved nature and opened up homes to the landscape," says designer Joelle C. Nesen. Her firm Maison, Inc., alongside architect Keith Abel, recently helped reinvigorate Yeon's Shaw House — with views of Oregon's Mount Hood — which graced our cover in 1953.
Nesen kept Yeon's green-blue door color, as well as the bronze knob he designed.
In an era when the magazine was eager to find a style of modern design that felt warm and inviting, this one succeeded; we wrote that houses like it would "lead the way to a golden age in American life."
￼The original flagstone patio remains, but the cedar tongue-and-groove ceiling was replaced with aged cedar. Recessed lighting was added for illumination.
Of course, 60- years later, not everything Yeon did holds up.
"There was opulence in the original black marble mantel, but we increased the size of the surround so it's more eye-catching," Nesen says. The paneling replicates the original; the custom parquet-floor pattern is a nod to Yeon's design. A new airy hallway lets in needed light.
In 1953, we enthused about a bedroom with "privacy yet quick access to outdoors." Now, the master bedroom has a new bath behind the warm oak feature wall. But the interiors still harken to Yeon; the Maison, Inc., design team outfitted the space with the Regency-meets-modern-style pieces he favored. "After the race to the McMansion, people are circling back to simplicity," Nesen says. "In a house like this, you want to have a cocktail on the patio and watch the sun go down." The good life, in any decade.
This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Natipernavigare.