The April 1953 cover of House Beautiful magazine featured a “modern” home in the hills of Lake Oswego, Oregon. The home, designed by local architect John Yeon, was built in 1950 for Lawrence Shaw, of the Modoc Lumber Company. It was featured because of its open floor plan and beautiful use of Pacific Northwest materials. It was an example of what people called Northwest Regional Style (a take on Mid-Century Modern).
Over the years the home deteriorated but now has been remodeled and renovated to once again to be recognized as a stunning example of a luxury Lake Oswego home. The home has become the centerpiece of the Highlands in Lake Oswego development and you can tour the home during the Street of Dreams August show. It is decorated and furnished with mid-century modern inspired furniture and decor.
The 2015 Street of Dreams features the Yeon-designed home as one of it’s nine homes. Many of this years’ homes feature contemporary indoor-outdoor living with floor to ceiling windows and carefully placed covered outdoor living areas. The Yeon home is the first you will see on your walking tour. The home retains the 1950’s fine wood paneling and the stone patio that was featured on the House Beautiful cover.
All homes feature state of the art materials, exquisite detailing and the most modern luxury appliances available. While my eye was drawn to the sprawling contemporary homes making use of natural light, the Mt. Hood view and nearby colorful fields of wildflowers, there are more traditional homes to tour. These homes incorporate European styling or the Craftsman details we are used to seeing in Portland. Each builder has taken on a challenge of creativity, quality and excellence.
The winding, hilly Highlands of Lake Oswego development will also serve as a festival grounds during the month-long event. You can enjoy Live Music Tuesdays on the Xfinity Stage. The Chef Series where you can learn barbecuing skills from the professional chefs of the popular NW BBQ & Grill School in Portland will be held mid-days on Wednesdays.
On August 21st there will be a special day for veterans. During Celebrate Veterans Day all current and former military members receive complimentary admission for themselves and three family members. Midday program includes a flag raising ceremony and hosted lunch. The evening program includes a concert by acclaimed-country musician Kurt Van Meter.
You’ll enjoy your visit to the 2015 NW Natural Street of Dreams, The Highlands in Lake Oswego, located North of Lake Oswego High School. Parking for the show is located off site. You’ll be parking in the designated locations and ride the shuttle to the show. Approximate shuttle ride time is 5-7 minutes. You can also ride the Lake Oswego Trolley to the show. Check the website for more information and directions.
Hours of Operation
10:00am – 9:00pm, purchase tickets until 7:30pm everyday
General Admission – $17.00 each person
Children 10 & Under – Free
Add $1 to your ticket to support the Home Builders Founders. Founded in 1997, the Home Builders Foundation directs the philanthropic activities of the home building community by building and renovating shelter for those experiencing homelessness and supporting the future of the home building industry by offering mentorship and educational opportunities for tomorrow’s workforce.