builder fans Robert Rummerwho introduced Oregon to centered on the atrium mid-century modern homes, were the first to notice an oddity: a restored twin-gable home in prized Beaverton Oak Hills Historic District was for sale
On Thursday, November 3, the single-level home on a quarter-acre lot in 15035 NW Perimeter Dr. hit the market.
The sale price: $1,475,000.
“A mid-century purist’s dream, renovated from the ground up,” said the broker. lee davies of Eleete Real Estate, who listed the property with a fellow broker jennifer holland. “This is ‘the Rummer’ fans crave.”
The post-and-beam structure, with a transparent interior atrium and glass panels rising to vaulted ceilings, was built in 1967 based on the model designed by architect A. Quincy Jones for developerJoseph Eichler in California.
Half a century later, Eric Thompson of Oregon Tasks restored and upgraded the house, from the ground-level polished concrete floor to the double pitched roof, while retaining its understated, swanky “Mad Men”-era aesthetic.
The few changes to the original design were made to maximize livability, light and views, Thompson said.
A wall separating the kitchen and family room from the dining room was removed to enhance the open floor plan. And the large hobby room off the garage has been converted into a home office, foyer, and a second closet for the master bedroom.
The 2,600-square-foot home has three more bedrooms and two bathrooms.
During the remodel, energy efficient windows, insulation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning were installed, along with new cabinets, surfaces, plumbing and wiring.
Robert (“Bob”) Rummer, 95, built some 200 modern houses in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly near wooded areas like Garden Home’s. Bohmann Park Tract adjacent to Fanno Creek and Beaverton’s Oak Hills, as well as on Lake Oswego.
Like Eichler, Rummer wanted to make Case study style more affordable modern houses by mass producing them using rapid post and beam construction.
Today, home buyers pay a premium for rummer houseswhich were known to have better-than-standard workmanship and materials, and were carefully sited, usually on a quarter-acre lot, to maximize indoor and outdoor living.
Rummer homes, with an adaptable floor plan, appeal to families who need three, four or five bedrooms, as well as singles and retirees who don’t want stairs, say. real estate agents.
“I didn’t know I was building for older people,” he joked. rummer in august. She laughed when she told the longtime owners that they would eventually replace the playpen with a piano.
The rooms were arranged around the atrium and grouped by tasks. The noisy kitchen, laundry room, and a workshop for the water heater and oven were on one side of the house.
At another end were the bedrooms and bathrooms, one with a walk-in Roman shower.
Living and dining areas with a large fireplace flanked by glass walls faced the backyard, connecting people with nature.
—Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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