Saturday, July 30, 2011
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Members: $35 per person
General Public: $50 per person
The second annual tour of some of Portland’s finest historic houses showcases a fascinating potpourri of architectural styles and distinguished architects. Proceeds benefit the Architectural Heritage Center’s education programs, advocacy efforts, and collections stewardship. Join us for the tour!
The five magnificent homes offered on this tour span five decades of residential construction in Portland and represent a variety of styles and notable architects.
The Lewis H. and Elinor Mills House, built in 1916 in Portland’s Nob Hill neighborhood, was designed by Boston architect Charles Coolidge. Lumberman Mills was the son of banker Abbott L. Mills and Evelyn Scott Lewis, descendants of Captain John Couch.
A wedding gift to Mills and his wife Elinor, the home displays all of the hallmarks of the Colonial Revival style.
The Samuel W. King House, built around 1900 in the King’s Hill neighborhood, was home to Portland’s first Superintendent of Public Schools and later co-founder of the successful Olds and King dry goods firm. The home is one of the earliest in the district in the Colonial Revival style.
Designed by noted local architect Emil Schacht, the Henry Hahn House was built in 1906. German émigré Hahn settled in Prineville, where he made a fortune in banking, land investment and livestock (he moved to Portland in 1891).
One of Portland’s best examples of the Arts & Crafts style, the house features medieval-inspired ornamentation on the exterior and interior.
The 1926 Chester Benson House in Portland Heights was designed by noted architect Joseph Jacobberger in the Tudor Revival style. Benson was the son of prominent businessman and philanthropist Simon Benson.
The house has an asymmetrical plan that is a hallmark of the style, as is the half-timbering and varied roof and window types that create a storybook feel to the exterior.
The Belluschi House in Willamette Heights, completed in 1948, was designed by famed Portland architect Pietro Belluschi in the mid-century modern style. It was the last house he designed before becoming the Dean of the MIT School of Architecture & Planning, and was said to be his favorite.
He purchased the property upon returning to Portland in 1973, and lived there the rest of his life.