One month before the Wall Street crash of 1929, a Mediterranean mansion was completed in Portland Heights for a wealthy lawyer. The grand five-story stucco structure, crowned with a red-tiled roof, was a famous project by one of the city’s top architects.
The beautiful historic house of 2681 SW Buena Vista Dr. still has star quality. And it’s for sale at $ 4.2 million.
Jan Carlson of Windermere Realty Trust markets the one-third acre parcel as a Hollywood Hills style estate in the town of Roses.
Romantic balconies with wrought-iron balustrades overlook an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace, European-style gardens, and a saltwater pool. It’s a “magical movie in the making,” Carlson said.
The mansion was designed by prominent Portland architect Ellis Fuller Lawrence, who was the founding dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture. He was considered ahead of his time in the early 1900s for his selective use of architectural detail and his less formal approach to academics.
Contemporary of architect Frank Lloyd Wright – the two met in Eugene when Wright gave a talk – Lawrence worked with famous landscape architect John C. Olmsted of New York on North Portland Peninsula Park as good as a Dunthorpe mansion in Elk Rock Gardens for Peter Kerr, known as “Patriarch of the Pacific Northwest Wheat Trade”, according to the Oregon Historical Society.
Lawrence’s pre-stock market crash work for lawyer Ore Lee Price is considered “the grandest Mediterranean-style home of his design in Portland,” according to architectural experts who managed to secure a place for it. OL Prize House on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The interior of the residence consists of the highest quality craftsmanship, a hallmark of Ellis Lawrence’s work,” according to documents from the National Register. âThe interior of the building is sober, but elegant.
The arched front door opens onto the foyer with an oak staircase, painted woodwork and a contemporary style chandelier.
Among the four fireplaces of the mansion, that of the living room and the veranda have century-old facades in pink tavern marble.
Oak floors, seven side-by-side bay windows and other original features of the 7,963 square foot mansion have been restored to blend into “a modern aesthetic of art, beauty and taste in style. of life today, âCarlson said.
There are five bedrooms and five full bathrooms. One of the three powder rooms has a custom rose quartz sink and marble flooring.
âThe house is an artist’s dream,â Carlson said of the personalized bar and two updated caterer-ready kitchens.
âWatch movies in your personal movie theater with stadium seating,â she added.
– Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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