The global pandemic has put a stop to a lot of things we love: casual shopping, dining in at restaurants, crowded opening nights for the summer blockbusters, large parties, and especially – live events! The name of the game for many small businesses in 2020 has been “adapt or close,” and the Weird Homes Tour has found a way to adapt and
“Keep Portland Weird!”
The 3rd annual Portland Weird Homes Tour will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020 and will be 100% virtual!
This is a one-of-a-kind event that will take attendees on a journey across Portland and into some of the most imaginative,
wonderful, and creative homes in the region – but attendees will take the tour from the safety and comfort of home, with
the ability to watch or re-watch anything they missed for up to two weeks after the live event.
A curated selection of Portland’s weirdest homes will open their doors for the Weird Homes Tour crew who will bring
viewers on a live walkthrough of the house. Owners will answer questions (from the hosts and the audience) and share
stories about their one-of-a-kind dwelling. The event honors Portland’s culture of individuality by showcasing the artists
and collectors who preserve and grow the city’s uniqueness in the spaces where they live.
Confirmed Portland Weird Homes Tour participants include:
House of Sarcasm – Artist Christine Claringbold and her husband Charles are not afraid of color. Their home’s
kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and patterns will wow you. Every room has its own uniquely rich color scheme with
explosive mandalas and patterns.
Twilight Swan House – In 2008, a low budget movie by the name of Twilight immortalized a quaint little house in the
town of Portland. Little did one such fan know that she and her husband would later own this piece of cinematic
history. The home is now restored back to its movie self.
Dome Home – Dutch artist, musician, actor, and mime, Francisco Reyners mistrusted right angles, so he chose to
build the Dome Home with a series of nine domes linked together by flat roofs. These domes also hold many secrets.
Look close enough and you will find Reyners’ painted satyrs, secret passageways and other dramatic surprises.
House of Serendipity – To say Larry Cross is passionate about sustainable and accessible design would be an
understatement. When he bought his house, he used Universal Design principles to create a home that is not only
beautiful but also completely accessible. Larry will inspire you to rethink how you might evolve as you age. Limited
mobility doesn’t mean limited beauty.
Plastorm – A simple walk through the alley behind artist Robert Fortney’s home studio Plastorm, and you’ll run into
some familiar characters from a galaxy far, far away; a galactic legion of stormtroopers, droids, and Sith lords guard
the fence and patrol the backyard. And if you think these guards are just for show you will be dead wrong – they call
out to passers-by! Sometimes it’s a motion-activated recording, and sometimes it’s Fortney on a mic. Come meet
the artist and see the home behind many shocked Portlandian stories.
Old Grange Hall – Travel to a small town just outside Portland and into an old schoolhouse that is now home to a
one-of-a-kind collection of vintage and thrift store finds. Mannequins, unicorns, skeletons, mirrors, and more cover
the walls and windows of this eclectic home.
Portland Puppet Museum – Created by Steven Overton to house his collection of more than 2,000 puppets and to
provide a place for people to enjoy this “illusion of life,” the small space comes to life through Overton’s love of the
art and his 50-years of experience designing and curating hand, rod, string and shadow puppets. Step into this
neighborhood home and you’ll be transported into a brilliant world fueled by imagination and creativity.
Slabtown Village – This compound of homes features two small Victorian houses and three very modern tiny homes on wheels. Created by Grant Norling and John Jendritza, who didn’t want to see history erased by altering the old homes from 1875, this creative use of the land marries the past and present of Portland and offers great accommodations for overnight guests in a unique village within the city.