Perry Gabbert purchased Fern Bottom Farm in 1910. It has remained in the Gabbert family since that time, as an active farm, retreat and Frisbee golf course, among many other things. Located on 70 acres of retired farm and active forest in the Oregon coast range, it serves as a getaway from cell phones and city life. In addition to the original farmhouse and blacksmith shop, there are several other outbuildings, listed below, built and maintained by multiple generations of Gabberts.
On May 16th, 2014, AIA Portland hosted the Stitch Design Competition at the Center for Architecture. The challenge was to design a solution for capping the section of I-405 highway between SW 13th and 14th near the Portland Art Museum, the central Multnomah County Library branch and Providence Park.
Design: Ben Decherd, Dylan Versteeg, Kai Yonezawa, Owen Gabbert
Our work impacts neighbors and communities. So, in addition to focusing on projects with a positive community impact, Owen Gabbert also volunteers with his neighborhood association, serving on the Boise Neighborhood Land Use and Transportation Committee, in a variety of ways.
As the Catlin Gabel Alumni Board President and member of the Board of Trustees, Owen spends and enjoys a great deal of time on the Catlin Gabel campus. In 2011, inspired by Emily Pilloton and the Studio H program she created in North Carolina, Kai Yonezawa and Owen explored several avenues to engage students in the design/build process.
Ultimately, Owen and Kai ended up participating in–and directing the design and construction of–three structures located in the middle school garden; a variety of community members, including students, parents, faculty and staff, participated in the process. Named after long time shop teacher Tom Tucker, the project is a testament to the Catlin community and its commitment to community service.
Garden Master: Carter Latendresse
Designer: Kai Yonezawa