History of the Bay Roc

The Bay Roc in Lake Oswego was designed in 1962. An Architect named Bud Oringdulph created the design. He conceived these plans at the height of the Mid-Century Modern architectural period. His draftsman Heinz Rudolf was responsible for drawing the plans. Rudolf was one of the Principals of the architecture firm known as BOORA. The Bay Roc Apartments consists of 49 apartment units. Each unit ranges in size from 600 square feet to over 1400 square feet. This is inclusive of covered terraces.

The Building

Mid-Century Modern (MCM) architecture is a further development of principles of a organic architecture. It is combined with many elements reflected in the International and Bauhaus movements. Specifically, this reflects the work of Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. Mid-Century Modern architecture is characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature. The MCM style at The Bay Roc emphasizes the use of structures with large windows and open floor-plans. Interior spaces are open with the intention of getting the most out of natural light, to bring the outdoors in.

The Bay Roc, as a mid-century building, manages to utilize this previously groundbreaking post and beam architectural design. Bulky support walls are exempt in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. The Bay Roc incorporates many MCM vintage features: The building includes wood-formed concrete walls, large sliding windows, and large open arching beams; The font used for The Bay Roc original sign is a derivation of Gil Sans, a Mid-Century Modern typeface; The Bay Roc Apartments are an outstanding and rare example of residential Mid-Century Modern architecture. This is a rare find within the Portland Metropolitan area.

The Bay Roc Apartments is more than just your typical Lake Oswego Apartment complex—it is a “Community.” And rather than offering expensive and often unused central facilities typical of large complexes in the City of Lake Oswego the Bay Roc offers “Management that cares,” Vintage Design, and a great location. Our buildings are walking distance to downtown shopping, parks, and the Lake. It combines the best of suburban and urban environments. As a quiet community with every unit having a private terrace backing on to a pristine nature park, it is also within walking distance to all that downtown Lake Oswego has to offer. Many of our residents have been at the Bay Roc Apartments over ten years. Some have left and returned and many of our residents have grown up in Lake Oswego. Now, it is Lake Oswego’s best-kept secret and value. One of the best features of the Bay Roc in Lake Oswego is the expensive and underutilized facilities of larger complexes that we don’t have. “The Bay Roc Apartments in Lake Oswego has Everything you need and nothing you don’t!”