Architecture Heritage Center hosted its Heritage Home Tour last Saturday, and delivered on its promise to showcase diverse elements of Portland’s built environment.
Having performed some historically-accurate window restoration on the Harry Green House, we were particularly interested in seeing that home from the inside again. Designed by Herman Brookman in 1927, the home is an exemplar of historic revival design, with strong Mediterranean and Middle Eastern gestures.
Unfortunately, the house is in pretty rough shape, which was hard to see. Here’s the sunroom and fountain:
Even in its present state though, the home is pretty fantastic, with fanciful details hiding around every corner, a sweeping ballroom, elaborate tile work and wood flooring, beautiful leaded glass windows, and some really crazy bathrooms. Its current disrepair highlights the importance of groups like AHC and their efforts to raise awareness and preserve architectural treasures in the city. We’re hoping that the home receives some serious tender loving care soon. The exposure from the tour can only help.
Other tour highlights:
- the story of the discovery of hidden jewelry in a wall during the renovation of the 1910 Craftsman on NW Lovejoy.
- the 1980 Modernist jewel designed by Pietro Belluschi on Old Germantown Road, with landscape designed by architect/owner Michael McCulloch (photos below).
- the Art Room at the 1912 Arts & Crafts home on Mt. Tabor, designed by Ellis F. Lawrence (photo below).
- The museum-like 1884 Victorian on Vista … seriously felt like stepping back in time.
Thanks go to AHC for their good work.
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