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Annual MCM League Garage SALE!!

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Rent a table for our garage sale!!  WE PUBLICIZE,  YOU SELL!!  

Located in prime estate and garage sale territory – cozy Clifgate, you can be sure to have a ton of traffic.


*Saturday June 29th from 10am-3pm.

*Set-up is from 9am-10am.

*To be a part of the sale it is a $10. MCM will provide publicity of the sale and signage.

*Tables and chairs will NOT be provided.

*We have space for 10 tables.

*Location to be provided at a later date.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

November Meeting

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

November is going to be a fantastic meeting for the MCM League that you will not want to miss! Our meeting will be held at The Wedgewood Home of Tomorrow. Yes, the house with that awesome zigzag roof we’ve all been lusting after to see inside. This Mid-Century Modern classic was designed by Donald Blair and William Fletcher in 1958 as a display home for Wedgewood homes and won an AIA Merit Award in 1960. Wedgewood asked the architects to create a house of the future, pulling out all of the stops and reimaging past notions about residential design. The architects of the Home of Tomorrow found inspiration in the Modernist movement as well as the International Style. Taking a cue from the painter Mondrian they employed bold colors and geometric patterns that are scattered throughout the home and still current today.

We will also have a guest speaker for this meeting Master Craftsmen Patrick O’Neill, owner of Greenline Fine Woodworking, will speak on how he has recreated the craftsmanship details of mid-century NW Regional style architecture of John Yeon and Pietro Belluschi using materials that are available today. Patrick O’Neil was the craftsman behind building the recent Belluschi exhibit that we visited in September.

Meet, greet & viewing of the Home of Tomorrow will be from 5-6 pm. Tours of the Home of Tomorrow will take place during this time lead by the owner, Jeff Myers. Meeting is at 6pm sharp. League business will be addressed, officer voting will take place and our guest speaker will follow. This meeting will be a POTLUCK, feel free to bring a dish to share. The MCM League will provide mixers; you may bring your own adult beverage if so inclined. This event is open to everyone, not just official League members, so don’t miss it.

Sunday, November 18th
1300 NE 117th Ave
Portland, OR 97220

Don’t forget to get your officer nominations in by email before our November meeting to [email protected] All officer positions are open for the year of 2013 and will be voted on during our November meeting.

November Officer Nominations

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Dear MCM League Members,

November is Officer Nomination/Election Month. Please e-mail [email protected] or call 503-888-1362  with your nominations for President, Vice President, Secretary and Web/Communications officer. We will vote at the November meeting.

Currently nominated are:

President: Kimberley Hayes,  Todd Koopman,  _____________.

Vice President: Alyssa Starelli, ______________.

Secretary: Drew Evensen, __________________.

Web/Communications: ____________________.


Anyone member can nominate another or throw their own hat in the ring. Become involved in your club and make it what you want it to be!

Officers will be trained to take on their roll in January. It’s not all that much work and it’s great for your resume!!

Thank you for your participation in your club,


Alyssa Starelli, Founder and Board Member

June Monthly Meeting – Sunday, 17th

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

We have another fabulous MCM League meeting this month at Rejuvenation! Rejuvenation is launching some great new mid-century inspired products in June and will be opening their doors to us to teach us more about the “what/where/how” and development of these great new products.  In addition, a presentation by Bo Sullivan, curator of Arcalus, an archive of historic and vintage design books & catalogs, to follow the meeting.

Meet, greet, & shop will be from 5-6 pm. Meeting is at 6pm sharp.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided by Rejuvenation. This event is open to everyone, not just official League members, so don’t miss it.

Sunday, June 17th.
Rejuvenation Hardware
1100 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214-3414
5PM Meet & Greet
6PM Meeting


April Public Meeting: Sunday, April 22

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Please join us this Sunday for the April public meeting of the MCM League! This month we’re meeting at Elroy Artspace at The Original Dinerant in downtown Portland.

We encourage you to arrive early to enjoy the Original’s amazing midcentury-inspired food and cocktails and Elroy Artspace’s current show, Our Friend the Atom, a solo show by Edwin Wade. The show presents a series of hand-pulled original serigraphs which explore the juxtaposition of Marlboros, Martinis and Hysteria associated with the Atomic Era of our nation.

Sunday, April 22

Meet & Greet
5:00pm – 6:00pm

6:00pm – 6:30pm

The Original Dinerant (upstairs)
300 SW 6th Avenue, Portland [map link]

MCM League public meetings are free and open to the public, however, sometimes we meet in bars/lounges, which don’t allow minors. This is one of those instances. You don’t need to be a paid member to join, but membership is encouraged. If you’d like to sign up, please use the PayPal links on our website, or speak with a League officer at one of our meetings.

It’s Election Time!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

It’s November, and that means it’s time to elect new officers for the MCM League.

Voting is open to all MCM League members in good standing (i.e. your dues are paid and current). We’ll be conducting a live vote at the next League meeting, Sunday, November 20. You can also vote by email in the week preceding the meeting, and we’ll be sending an email notification out with instructions how to vote by email.

All the nominees are currently running unopposed, but we’ll be accepting nominations right up until the vote occurs, and we will accept write-ins for email voting.

The current nominees are:

  • For President: Todd Koopman
  • For Vice-President: Edwin Kietzman
  • For Treasurer/Secretary: Kimberly Hayes
  • For Webmaster: Greg Clapp

This is a good opportunity to renew your membership using the PayPal controls on our website. If you’re uncertain of your membership status, please send us an email at [email protected], and we’ll get back to you with the details.

MCM League Public Meeting and Officer Elections
Sunday, November 20
At the home of Justin DuPre (President) and Greg Clapp (Webmaster)
10333 NE Russell Ct, Portland [map]
Meet & Greet: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Meeting: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

October Meeting Notes

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Our October, 2011, meeting was held at the beautifully restored Frank Shell house of Matthew Siegel, in Southwest Portland. We’d like to thank Matthew for letting us meet there and for telling us all about the history of the house and his renovation project. The architect’s granddaughter was also on hand to answer questions.

[Pssssst...the house is also for sale. If you're in the market for a stunning midcentury modern home by a noted architect, this is a good one!]

We are now in the nomination period for League officers. All positions are up for a vote, in accordance with our charter. Nominations will remain open until the November meeting, at which time the paid members will vote. Email voting will be opened one week before the meeting. All nominees are currently unopposed, but if you’d like to nominate yourself for one of these positions, please let us know!

Current nominations:

  • For President: Todd Koopman
  • For Vice-President: Edwin Kietzman
  • For Treasurer/Secretary: Kimberly Hayes
  • For Webmaster: Greg Clapp
The November meeting date and place have been set. It will be held at the home of League President Justin DuPre and Webmaster Greg Clapp, in outer Northeast Portland, on Sunday, November 20. We’ll start with a potluck meet-and-greet at 5:00 p.m., and follow it with our officer elections and regular business at 6:30.The MCM League holiday party is tentatively set for Sunday, December 11, at the home of Diane and Jay Plesset in Oregon City. The party will take the place of a December meeting. Details to follow.

The January meeting will be held at the bowling alley at the Milwaukie Elk’s lodge. Details to follow.

Greg Clapp will head the committee to plan and produce the League’s spring party. This will be a large-scale fundraising and membership drive event. Details to follow.

Building Blocks LLC Announce Renovation Launch of Architect Frank Lawrence Shell Former Private Residence

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Portland, OR – June 8, 2011 – Building Blocks llc, architectural preservation re-modelers, announce the commencement of a renovation project of the Frank Shell family home originally built in 1960. The home features original teak woodwork throughout, three atriums, and dramatic “saw-tooth” roof-line. Primarily a public/educational project architect, Frank Shell created his home as a showcase of a unique form of “pinch and open” relationship between space and light, creating a naturalistic yet modern placement for a family burrow. Rooms are exposed to light through one or more complete glass walls, oversize windows, and numerous skylights which compliment nearby atrium rooms.

Located within walking distance to the warm and family friendly Multnomah Village, this home offers authentic mid-century living with the advantages of 20th Century efficiency.


A forgotten Belluschi home awaits reconstruction

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Great article posted on Daily Journal of Commerce of Oregon:

Belluschi Pavillion

POSTED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 03:42 PM PT BY: Nathalie Weinstein

In a 48-foot-by-10-foot storage unit several miles south of Portland, pieces of the city’s architectural history are waiting to be reassembled.

They belong to a house built in 1949 on a woodsy lot in Lake Oswego. The structure may be modest – it’s only 921 square feet – but its architect, the late Pietro Belluschi, is legendary in Portland.

Now, more than 60 years later, local builder Tim Mather of MCM Construction plans to reconstruct the house on Marylhurst University’s campus and unveil a Belluschi design that, until recently, few people knew existed.

Read the rest of the article

Next MCMLeague Meeting: Nov 21st – Voting for Officers!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

November is voting month! All paid members are asked to voice their opinion by nominating and voting for the Officers. Your input is important to us! If you are not a paid member at this time, and would like to vote, we urge you to contact Sandi Vincent to renew your membership.

Currently nominated are:

President: Justin DuPré
Vice President: Alyssa Starelli
Secretary/Treasurer: Kimberly Hayes
WebMaster: Greg Clapp

Please vote either at our next meeting, or via email if you are not able to attend. Your vote counts! Email your vote to: [email protected]

Our next meeting will be held at the Gold Dust Meridian on Hawthorne. They have saved the front of the bar next to the window’s when you walk in, for our meeting. If you have never been there, you’ll be in for a treat of architecture, great decor, and a very nice menu.

Gold Dust Meridian
3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
November 21st, 6pm