Heritage Home Tour 2013

4th Annual Heritage Home Tour

“Made in Portland”

Saturday, July 27, 2013    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Members $35    General Public $40

Thanks to everyone who attended or assisted to make this a very successful event!

The Architectural Heritage Center is proud to present its Fourth Annual Heritage Home Tour, with the theme “Made in Portland” .This is your chance to visit five fascinating Portland homes that represent the work of distinguished architects and builders from 1874 to 1957 and learn about their history, architecture and craftsmanship.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a self-guided tour of these architecturally-significant historic homes that are not otherwise open to the public! Proceeds benefit the Architectural Heritage Center’s education programs, advocacy efforts, and collections stewardship.


Thank you to all the homeowners who generously open their doors to share architecture, art, and history with all of us!

 Homes on the Tour:


Harker Building

One of the most unique homes on the tour is an 1878 cast-iron fronted building owned by Thomas Lauderdale and Philip Iosca. Located in the heart of Portland’s oldest downtown commercial district, the Harker Building is a three-story testament to the creative talent of its owners and an outstanding example of preservation and adaptive reuse. Among other uses, the building housed the Western Picture Frame Company and the Oregon Conservatory of Music. Today, Lauderdale’s band “Pink Martini” rehearses on the first floor.

Please note: photography is NOT permissible in this home.



Ralph E. and Ruth Williams Jr. House

This Mid-Century Modern residence, with a nod to the Northwest Regional style, was built in 1956 for Ralph and Ruth Williams. Portland-born architect Richard J. Marlitt, known for carefully considering his many clients’ living needs, created the design. The home retains many of its original features and sits on a large portion of wooded property with gardens. The Women’s Architectural League featured this home on their 1959 Oregon Centennial Home Tour.

Please note: photography is permissible in this home.


Giesy/Failing House

The Arts and Crafts style is well-represented with the magnificent Giesy/Failing house designed by Joseph Jacobberger and Alfred Smith. Declared “one of the most elaborate residences to be built this Fall,” in a 1911 Morning Oregonian article, the home was indeed designed in a grand manner. An arched glass canopy shelters the entrance leading into the formal entry hall, which is dominated by a massive wood-paneled staircase. A medieval-inspired art glass window lights the stair landing. The first owner of this house was a prominent Portland doctor and his wife, Dr. Andrew and Ida Giesy, while Henrietta E. Failing and Mary F. Failing, daughters of Henry and Emily (Corbett) Failing were the next occupants.

Please note: photography is permissible in this home.



Daniel A. and Cora P. Grout House

This Craftsman house designed by William Christmas Knighton was built in 1910 on three lots for Daniel and Cora Grout. Daniel Grout became the second Superintendent of Portland Public Schools; Grout Elementary School in southeast Portland was named after him. The house is sited to take advantage of the commanding view of Portland and the West Hills. The Morning Oregonian described the house as designed in the “English Chalet” style with overhanging eaves, and multiple gables. Soon after this house was built, Knighton was appointed State Architect.

Please note: photography is NOT permissible in this home.


1884 Italianate House

This Victorian-era home is a beautiful example of an early Mt. Tabor residence which is architecturally fascinating as well as frustrating, because research turns up few details about its origins. Built in 1884, the house was surrounded by farms, and an early photo shows a large windmill to the southwest. The current owners have spent twenty years lovingly rehabilitating this house, once divided into a duplex, to the period. Visitors will greatly appreciate the lovely grounds and the art- and antique-filled interior.

Please note: photography is permissible in this home.



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Supporting Sponsors:  Portland Remodel
                                   Michele Bowler-Failing - Principal Broker on behalf of the Dr. James Rosenfeld House