Traditionalists turned up their noses and scratched their heads when they saw Robert Rummer’s wide-open, glass-walled modern homes in the 1960s. The tract developer, now 91, had an uphill battle with banks, building inspectors and homebuyers who couldn’t see the allure of dwellings designed to encourage then-revolutionary indoor-outdoor living.
But Portlanders who appreciated Frank Lloyd Wright’s later work and developer Joseph Eichler’s atrium-centered homes in California instantly understood the appeal of soaring living rooms with see-through sliding doors that opened to patios.
Marisa Swenson of Modern Homes Portland – Living Room realty, calls Rummer a risk taker who “brought unique, bold home designs to our area, changing the real estate landscape, challenging home buyers to live differently.”
Read more history on Robert Rummer in Janet Eastman’s Oregonian article HERE.
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