“Special Home” Videos

Architect William Christmas Knighton Masterpiece in NW Portland

Architect powerhouse, William Christmas Knighton, used the best materials, the best design, and the best craftsmanship available in 1908. Set atop verandas, patios, manicured gardens and connecting pathways, this stately craftsman sits above the street filling the rooms with an abundance of natural light while allowing privacy without the need for window coverings.

Knighton, who also designed the fabulous and iconic Governor Hotel (now the Sentinel), elevates this home with his distinctive detailed moldings and art glass windows to the level of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This home is punctuated with beautiful leaded and stained glass windows and intricate moldings, showcasing the very best craftsmanship of the artisans of the time.

Since 2002 this home has been lovingly restored, improved and maintained by each owner. Like Knighton, no expense was spared. The best engineers, the best architects, and the best contractors are called in to seamlessly blend modern mechanics, and efficient systems, with the artistic detail insisted on by a perfectionist.

The home is located on a quiet corner lot in genteel old Willamette Heights with 5500 acre Forest Park at your back, and NW Thurman, 23rd avenue and the City of Portland at your feet.

Willamette Heights

Historic Adaptation at It’s Best

Welcome to 3245 NW Thurman, a exemplary example of adaptive reuse. Neighborhood lore tells us this one of a kind residence began as a Willamette Heights horse stable, then trolley car barn and later an auto barn. In 1976, new owners repurposed the Romanesque brick arches to enclose a magical brick courtyard while maintaining the original historic façade. The massive old growth beams and trusses once sheltering model T’s now support the 12 foot vaulted ceiling of the kitchen. Old-world architectural details were salvaged from prominent NW mansions. In 2008 the current owners updated the windows, systems and fixtures, added modern amenities and renovated the kitchens and bathrooms resulting in dramatic open living space. Four sets of wide French sliding doors open to the central courtyard bringing the outdoors inside. The result is a home that lives large and modern, still tells a neighborhood story and nourishes its inhabitants with old soul and character.
The daylight lower level offers a finished bonus room with kitchenette, gas fireplace and a 1 bedroom and 1 bath suite, with its own separate access – ideal for guest quarters.

Ideally situated in the coveted Willamette Heights neighborhood near Forest Park’s miles of trails, forests and birdsong and babbling Balch Creek. 4 blocks to the Clearing Café and 4 more blocks to the Organic Grocery, French Boulangerie, Library and more! Around the corner NW 23 rd Avenue offers even more boutiques, restaurants, and a plethora of exciting neighborhood activities.

The Doherty House Condominiums

2264 & 2268 NW Kearney Street
Portland, Oregon 97210

Offered at $890,000 and $990,000

Welcome to Doherty House, two light-filled luxury condominium homes that offer 1907 character and craftsmanship with 2016 mechanical updates and finishes.
Reilly Signature Homes spared no expense in restoring 100 year old architectural details that give the spaces soul and character. Located in the prized historic Alphabet District with a walk score of 96, these homes are near everything and anything you need to live a healthy, culturally diverse and rich life.

Around the corner you are greeted by the hip and bustling NW 23rd Avenue offering some of Portland’s best dining, boutique shopping and people watching. The streetcar and bus service are only a block away and there is easy freeway access for commuting by car. Pleanty of options for daily errands and shopping: New Season’s Market, Trader Joe’s, City Market, Leagacy Good Samaritan Hospital, yoga, bakeries and coffee shops. Forest Park with miles of hiking trails is nearby as is the off-leash dog area at Wallace Park or just take a stroll and admire all the varied architecture in your new neighborhood.

Rustic Retreat on Forest Park

2922 NW 53rd Drive

Cabin Becomes Lodge – Giulietti /Schouten Architects Remodel

A cabin in the woods was built in 1915 as a retreat from city life. The original cabin remains the heart of this magic home as the cozy, knotty pine paneled dining room with corner windows and decorative brick fireplace. Expanded and remodeled, yet still a rustic retreat, now improved with a modern kitchen and bathrooms, this eclectic cedar board and batten has evolved from cabin into a lodge. Distinct interior spaces are each oriented out to one of several special gardens that surround the structure on all four sides. This is an only in Oregon opportunity for nature lovers. John James Audubon would have felt very much at home here.

The 2.43 acres of property are abutting Forest Park and make the property and garden’s feel private and park-like. Distinctive areas are set aside for different types of gardening inclluding a “deer proof” vegetable garden. Outbuildings include a seperate garage and an art studio, work space or quiet meditative “cabinette”. Looking out and down as the gardens slope away toward the woods, your visual senses drink in 100 shades of green.

Just 10 minutes via Cornell Road, past The Audabon, and through the tunnels in the middle of Forest Park and there you are on Old Nob Hill and into the 23rd area shopping and recreation area.

5th Annual Walking Tour

Historic Homes of Old Nob Hill

Six stately, private residences in Northwest Portland’s Old Nob Hill will be on the 5th annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes benefiting the Northwest Children’s Theater & School on Father’s Day, June 19,2016.

The 1908 Harmon/Neils House on Northwest Lovejoy Street is one of the stops.

“All six homes are beautiful and historic, but the home at the head of Lovejoy is said to be the most intact and original [by famed architect] A.E. Doyle in the city,” says organizer Dan Volkmer.

Doyle (1877-1928) shaped early Portland during the explosive building boom after the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition until the Great Depression. He designed such classical icons as the Meier & Frank Building (now The Nines hotel), Lipman’s store (now Hotel Monaco) and Reed College.

The biography, “Beauty of the City: A. E. Doyle, Portland’s Architect” by Philip Niles, details Doyle’s rise from a residential architect to the designer of city landmarks.

Read more.

Copy from Janet Eastman
Homes and Gardens of the Northwest
The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com

Queen Anne Southern Belle – Whidden and Lewis Architecture

1041 SW Vista Avenue

Welcome to 1041 NW Vista designed in 1895 by the distinguished architectural firm, Whidden and Lewis for William and Annie MacMaster. The three story home was designed with a hipped roof and a cornice above a full classical entablature.
Weatherboard siding, pilaster corner boards, round-arched dormers and formal composition are other distinguishing aspects of the building’s Colonial Revival style. The two-story polygonal bay on the north end of the façade, and the large leaded-glass Palladian window highlights the front stair landing.The entry is flanded by colossal tet ra style portico of the Greek Doric order. The entrance is framed by a simplified single story, inner portico. The front door opens into a large reception room with a high ceiling and coat closets on either side. This room leads to the living room to the south, a library to the west; and to the north is the dining room – all rooms with graceful proportions and original fireplaces. The second floor consists of four bedrooms, three of which have fireplaces, and three bathrooms. The third floor consists of three bedrooms, one with a fireplace and 2 full bathrooms.

All of this architecture and grandeur is located in the highly desirable King’s Hill neighborhood and nestled amongst other stately homes in this Historic King’s Hill District. Washington Park and the Rose Garden are just around the corner, while Uptown shopping is down the hill, as well as NW 23rd Avenue’s shopping and dining district. Minutes to the Multnomah Athletic Club and downtown Portland.

Live Surrounded By Nature – Architect William Church in Portland Heights

910 SW Canning Street

Architect William Church designed the home in 1974 to bring the outdoors in, capture the views of nature and Mount Hood, and maximize exposure to natural southern light. He is known for his work on Merlo Hall at the World Forestry Center which he co-designed with John Storrs and was one of the architects who created the Sunlight Cohousing Community. The setting also enjoys the benefits of the Terwilliger Parkway Corridor originally conceived by landscape architect John Olmsted in 1903 to protect views from the area.
It was designed to offer private spaces for everyone while the living room, dining room and kitchen effortlessly flow into each other. Entertain on one of the five decks, from sunrise to sunset you have options from which to choose.
Wake to birds soaring above the treetops of the 176-acre Marquam Nature Park and the Willamette River sparkling in the background.

Willamette Heights Home Built by Elmer. H. Roedel in 1930

2164 Aspen

This elegant Spanish Revival home was designed and built in 1930 by E.H. Roedel, the owner of a Portland Company, Roedel Tile, which is still in business today. Romantic architectural designs incorporate the extensive use of decorative floor, wall and roof tiles with wrought iron, archways, leaded glass and rough hewn plaster walls. The home features unique tiles with a Mayan motif surrounding the wood burning fireplace. The tiles are believed to be from Malibu Potteries which were produced in California from 1926 – 1032 and were originally created for The Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. Painstakingly restored between 2012 and today the home enjoys the prospect of years and years of warm, elegant, luxury living with the surrounding gardens and patios just across from Forest Park hiking trails and NW Thurman just around the corner.

Hand Painted/Nature Inspired – C.J. Hurley Home

Laurelhurst Living in American Arts and Crafts Style
3247 NE Glisan Street

Step into the personal residence of Arts and Crafts designers/artists Barbara Pierce and CJ Hurley, owners of an historic preservation and fine arts business. The inspiration for their restoration and interior of this 1913 foursquare style home was drawn from the Laurelhurst neighborhood, The City of Roses, and the surrounding Willamette Valley. A nationally known Master Roycroft artist, CJ Hurley has lovingly designed, hand-painted and crafted components of the home with a deep respect for its past and the artisans who built it.
A White Rose theme appears throughout the home and especially the dining room in several forms: an Arts and Crafts style frieze hand-painted by owner CJ Hurley; a rose motif leaded stained glass doors on the original built-in buffet; rose medallions accent the half timbered ceiling while pewter roses are incorporated in the light sconces. The walls feature Tiffany finished painted wainscotting and the oak floors have decorative inlay. A French door leads to the covered side porch for relaxing on a summer evening after a meal.

The Laurelhurst neighborhood offers undulating tree-lined streets and was designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm. Take a picnic basket to nearby Oregon Park or walk the dog to the off leash area at Laurelhurst Park where you can watch wildlife by the pond or shoot hoops at the basketball courts. See an independent film at the restored Art Deco style Laurelhurst Movie Theatre and afterwards choose from a myriad of dining options along SE/NE 28th Avenue’s restaurant row including Pambiche, Navarre, Laurelthirst Public House, Stammtisch and Laurelhurst Market.

Overlook Renovated Craftsman

A Designer’s Personal Home
3818 N Colonial Avenue

This 1908 Western Stick style Craftsman in the Overlook neighborhood has been lovingly renovated by the artisan owners for their personal residence. The home is infused with the fine arts of classic European architecture: tinted Venetian plaster walls, rose-themed stained glass inspired by Art Nouveau architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a domed plaster ceiling in the dining room, a graceful Greco Roman arch supported by columns, Carrera marble surfaces, an Italian Murano glass chandelier and a 17th century oak library from Burgundy, France. A touch of whimsy blends with the highly crafted finishes in an unexpected and delightful way. Carefully selected vintage and modern-day light fixtures, salvaged wood, stainless steel, wrought iron, glass tiles and copper accents are artfully arranged in a harmonious manner that creates a special uniqueness.

The Eastside’s best kept secret neighborhood, Overlook, is situated high on a bluff in North Portland with views of downtown and the Willamette River. This location also offers panoramic views of the Tualatin mountain range and the unspoiled woods of Forest Park.

In Overlook you can meander quiet tree-lined streets, run the dogs along Mock’s Crest Park, enjoy performances at Ethos/Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, picnic at Overlook Park on the bluff or dine at local restaurants – Equinox, Pause and Fire On the Mountain. Walk to the Historic Mississippi District via the Failing Street pedestrian bridge, easily cruise around by bike or hop on the yellow line at the Overlook MAX station. It’s only a five minute drive by car to The Pearl District. So close to the city, yet calm and peaceful.

311 NW 20th Avenue

Welcome to 311 NW 20th Avenue, close-in NW Portland’s grandest mansion, and one of only a few totally intact as a single family residence today.

111 years ago, Isam White, a Jewish pioneer settler in Oregon and established merchant, hired the prominent Bostonian Architectural firm of Whidden and Lewis to design his high-style Colonial Revival showpiece of a home in the fashionable Nob Hill District located at NW 20th and Everett. Whidden and Lewis introduced the Colonial Revival Fashion to Oregon in the 1890s. The fine detailing of Classical columns, piers, pilasters, door and window frames, mantelpieces, wall paneling and cabinetry is characteristic of the architectural firm’s finest work. Built in 1904, Entered in the national register in 1991, it has 10,393 square feet on a 100 x 100 square foot lot.

It has seven bedrooms, five and a half baths, two private apartments and off street parking for at least 4 cars.

17040 NW Lucy Reeder Road on Sauvie Island

Welcome to 17040 NW Lucy Reeder Road. Completely restored in 2003, Architect Leon Trice, Paul Steiner with Otis Construction and Designer Ron Wagner collaborated with the owners resulting in a seamless blend of old word charm and modern conveniences. The bucolic landscaping, organic gardens, and surrounding fields are all connected via meandering paths through the serene and breathtaking property. Watch the morning sunrise from the bedroom and the sunset over Mt St Helens from the kitchen. Sandhill cranes, grosbeaks, white owls and many migratory birds have made this paradise their haven with the safe, organic garden practices.

Just 10 miles from Downtown Portland, and over the Sauvie Island Bridge is this home that feels it is a million miles away.

California Bungalow
Architect Francis Brown
4775 SE Stark Street, Portland

When Wilbur Pelton Reid, the son of a prosperous lumber baron, and his new wife Evelyn spent their honeymoon in Southern California, they fell in love with the California-style craftsman bungalows. When they got home, they hired Architect Francis Brown, an eminent bungalow specialist from Los Angeles, to build their dream home. Brown used all the materials to create this Pasadena-style Craftsman home that would make any lumber baron swoon.

Architect Ned Vaivoda
2558 NW Marcia Street

Located on a quiet cul de sac at the base of the West Hills, this custom home was designed and built by the owner/architect Ned Vaivoda and his wife Jean as their personal residence.

The Vaivoda’s took seamless aluminum panels, commercial-grade floor-to- ceiling windows, and brick masonry and created harmonious volumes of light filled living spaces with a very open plan.

The interior spaces are very clearly defined through materials and lighting plans. The visual connections support the open room-to-room plan and traffic patterns engage each space.

This home is both a refuge and entertainment center; an urban house with a natural setting. Sited on a 8,168 square foot lot with views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier as well as territorial views of NW Portland and a magnificent State of Oregon Heritage red oak tree.

It is one of only four dwellings on NW Marcia street and is conveniently located three blocks to NW 23rd Avenue boutiques.

Ned Viavoda is known for his designed award winning, high-end commercial and private residences globaly including The Marilyn Moyer Chapel in Portland and Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.

5332 SE Morrison Street

Mount Tabors Grand Dame the 1888 William Brainard Italian Villa sits on an elevated 100 x 100 corner lot with views of gardens, downtown and sunsets. Lovingly restored and improved with remodeled kitchen and baths.Extensive use of vertical grain fir, beams, wainscoting, built-ins and window seats.Two blocks to Glencoe School. An array of neighborhood services – TaborSpace, bike routes, Mt Tabor Park, Art Walk, Street fairs and library. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 5,410 square feet.

2329 NW Aspen Avenue

This Green Gables classic is situated on a large open lot nestled amongst the trees. Stylistic finishes melded with craftsman design and a modern floorplan that is perfect for today’s lifestyle. Hiker’s / runner’s / biker’s paradise with miles and miles of Forest Park trails in your backyard. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,895 square feet.

2930 NW Fairfax Terrace

A home made for entertaining—from the great room/living room/kitchen to the delightful outdoor spaces—they all share panoramic views of Portland and beyond. Rivers, mountains and big sky are visible from all public rooms and the eagle’s aerie outdoor patio. The location has the best of all things: quiet street, quality homes and walking distance to NW Portland amenities. 3 bedrooms, 2½ baths, 2,688 Sq. Ft.

Architect Charles Ertz – Designer of Landmark Properties

Welcome to 2751 NW Westover Road, a picturesque Mediterranean with Moorish flair situated on the stately avenues of Westover Terraces just above NW 23rd Avenue. This home is a triple crown winner, first in its association with its architect, Charles Ertz, second, the sought after location of the close-in NW Heights, and third, the home itself, a romantic light filled pleasure palace offering city, mountain, and neighborhood views.

Dashingly tall and handsome Charles Ertz learned the art of classic design through the Oregon Institute of Technology, and as a draftsman for Joseph Jacobberger, then as designer for Emil Schacht – two of the Portland’s stellar celebrated architects. Here’s what’s unique about Ertz. There are more Landmark properties on the National Register attributed to Charles Ertz than any other architect in Portland living or deceased. His Landmark properties include not just stately homes, but industrial and commercial buildings as well. There’s the Jantzen Estate on the island in Lake Oswego. If you’ve been to Whole Foods or West Elm in The Pearl, you’ve been in an Ertz designed building. The 8th Church of Christ Scientist and formerly the Lloyd Golf Club and later Sweet Tibbie Dunbars in Sullivan’s Gulch are also Ertz creations. Ertz embraced all forms of our built environment with equal elegance be it a residential estate or an automobile garage. He often contracted to build the structure as well – very unusual.

2751 NW Westover Road was built in 1925 for the Carl and Lenora Johnson family, and has only had three owners since. Current owners have upgraded the kitchen for serious chefs and preserved many original features that give the home its romance. Gleaming oak floors, elegant wrought iron railings, French doors opening to balconies, repeating archways throughout, classic cast concrete details create a sense of exotic timelessness. There’s a ball room with 5 sets of arched multi-paned French doors and Spanish tiled floor that begs for a tango.

This special home reminiscent of Provence, the Amalfi Coast, or old Seville, has a distinguished lineage and is located on an equally beautiful hillside. It is firmly grounded right here in hip and happening Portland and awaiting its new family.

3114 NW Thurman

3114 NW Thurman is a 120 year old home perched on a knoll just past the Balch Creek trailhead into Forest Park. She greets all who embark into the neighborhood with her impressive and generously sized, curved, covered front veranda, a signature neighborhood landmark, perfect for summer lemonade and watching children play in the yard. She was built as the masthead for the “Street of Dreams” development that was taking place in tunr-of-the-century Portland.

The home has been held by the same family for 75 years, and has retained the tapestry of architectural details original to the home. The unmatched woodwork, pocket doors, moldings, and millwork are found throughout the home. The hardware and hinges are works of art, prominent as beautiful jewelry accenting the doors and windows. And characteristic of the best Queen Anne homes are lots of tall wide windows throughout that bring in light and views of lush nature and beautiful architecture.

What gives this home its savoir-faire is the choice corner lot. It’s over 10,000 sqft situated high above the street. Since the home is positioned along the lot’s western boundary, it would appear there is room to build a carriage house into the hillside along the eastern boundary on 31st ave. Final approval would have to be given by the city, but tasteful precedents exist throughout the neighborhood.

Highgrove of Helvetia

Inspired by Prince Charles’ own Highgrove in Gloucestershire England, the property is infused with the same dedication to organic farming, respect for wild nature and love for creating beauty in artful ways. The elegant colonial farmhouse sits atop secluded, gently rolling grounds in a bucolic setting mixing farms with luxurious scenery. Local craftsmen spent 25 years creating a necklace of secret gardens, fruitful orchards, Pinot Noir vineyards, wild flower meadows, stone walkways, wood groves, peaceful hills, and an artistically crafted home on the 93.57 acre estate.

Not just for looks there are many working buildings on the property as well, including a cider press, barns, chicken coop, carriage house and loft apartment, office building, ballroom/dance hall and storage for machinery and equipment.

It is situated a short 2 miles from Highway 26, 20 minutes from Portland and 7 minutes from the Hillsboro airport, but it feels a million miles away from the frantic pace of the rest of the world.

Emil Schacht Refined

National Historic Landmark “Picturesque” Arts and Crafts.

Inspiration from the old world and materials from the new world combined with the fit and finishes of 1905’s workmanship, hardware and architectural detailing allows the home to stand out as a fine example of the period.

Schacht designed the house with his client Henry Hahn, both German immigrants, hence the subtle nod to thier homelands’ medieval half-timbered Tudor-style.

Set in an auspicious place on Cornell Road, a scenic drive and a show place for city, river and 3 mountain views that is within easy walking distance of NW Portland’s amenities, shops and parks.

Pacific NW Home Reminiscent of Timberline Lodge – Mosier

Salvaged building materials play an intricate part of this home for sale in the still rugged and pristine Columbia Gorge. What holds up this home today are 24 inch square trusses recycled from a trading ship sunk off the coast of Washington 100 years ago and virgin old growth fir timbers that formerly supported Bumble Bee cannery in Astoria. On Dan Volkmer’s website, www.danvolkmer.com, you can see the video and additional flyer itemizing the details of the building of this luxury home on a private lot.

One of John Yeon’s Dynamic Home Designs

West Highlands near The Arboretum 1631 SW Upland Drive.

The rhythmic use of windows and wood planes create light flooded interior spaces showcasing exterior landscaping.

One of Oregon’s most influential and important architects was the first to respect the harmony between the natural landscape and structure. His works have been published internationally and exhibited is prestigious museums and architecture publications.

Edward T. Root & William C. Knighton Architectural Influence

Pristine English Arts & Crafts, 2661 NW Lovejoy Street.

The Oregonian featured this home in 1911 calling it “a fine example of artistic design in the English Chalet Style.” Restored to it’s original grace and feel, the home is nestled into a garden that is predominately indigenous plantings. It is on a quiet deadend street and very much a quintessential Portland landmark.

A.E. Doyle Architect

Craftsman Cottage Meets Palatial Mansion in Portland Heights, 1725 SW Prospect

Designed by Portland’s most renowned architect, Doyle created a harmonious marriage of the grand and majestic spaces found in palatial mansions with the warmth and ease of lifestyle prevalent in the Craftsman cottage. A beautifully proportioned home.

Ralph Appleman Architect

1972 International style in The Arboretum.

A sleek, light-filled custom home is nestled on a tranquil forested hillside adjacent to Hoyt Arboretum. The Japanese garden-style courtyard leads you into dramatic spaces and a dazzling white kitchen complete with outdoor granite kitchen and expansive decks, sport court and outdoor living spaces.

Moulton Andrus Architect

1983 International-style in the Arboretum, 3205 SW Upper Cascade Drive.

Portland architect Moulton Andrus designed this 3,354 SF sleek architectural gem. Intimate yet open spaces lends peaceful tranquility with uplifting and breathtaking serenity. Natural light from four directions brightens interior spaces yet total privacy is retained.

A deck adjacent to every living space takes in the natural landscape of the 18,295 SF lot, a commanding view of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and the adjoining Hoyt Arboretum.

Robertson Merryman Barnes Architects

Old Town Lofts in the Old Town/Chinatown Cultural and Historic District.

Built in 2002 this “Jewel Box” condominium is nestled in the heart of one of Portland’s recently urban-beautification areas and is just one block from the Classical Chinese Gardens.  An award winning brick-faced building boasting high-end finishes, superior union workmanship, Neil Kelly interiors and eco-friendly systems within walking distance of all things downtown.

Emil Schacht Architect

National Historic Landmark Craftsman on Westover Terraces 2636 NW Cornell Road

The father of Portland’s Arts and Crafts Movement, Emil Schacht, designed this home of substantial comfort for successful land and livestock entrepreneur Henry Hahn in 1905. Inspired by European manor houses but using Oregon craftsmen and the thick solid old growth timber — and lots of it — throughout the home for which the Pacific NW is known.