One month before the Wall Street Crash of 1929, a Mediterranean mansion was completed in Portland Heights for a wealthy attorney. The grand, five-level stucco structure, crowned by a red tile roof, was a celebrated project by one of the city’s best architects.
The handsome, historic house at 2681 S.W. Buena Vista Dr. still has star quality. And it’s for sale at $4.2 million.
Jan Carlson of Windermere Realty Trust is marketing the third-of-an-acre parcel as a Hollywood Hills-style estate in the City of Roses.
Romantic balconies with wrought-iron railings overlook an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace, European-style gardens and a saltwater swimming pool. It’s a “magical movie in the making,” said Carlson.
The mansion was designed by prominent Portland architect Ellis Fuller Lawrence, who was the founding dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He was considered ahead of his time in the early 1900s for his select use of architectural details and his less formal approach to academics.
A 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’s Peninsula Park as well as a Dunthorpe manor at Elk Rock Gardens for Peter Kerr, known as the “patriarch of the Pacific Northwest wheat trade,” according to the Oregon Historical Society.
Lawrence’s work before the stock market crash for attorney Ore Lee Price is considered “the grandest of the Mediterranean style homes of his design in Portland,” according to architectural experts who successfully earned a spot for the O.L Price House on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The interior of the residence consists of the highest quality craftsmanship, a trait which was typical in Ellis Lawrence’s work,” according to National Register documents. “The interior of the building is restrained, yet elegant.”
The arched front door opens to the foyer with an oak staircase, painted wainscoting and a contemporary-style chandelier.
Of the mansion’s four fireplaces, the one in the living room and sunroom have century-old frontpieces made of pink tavernelle marble.
Parquet oak floors, seven side-by-side bay windows and other original features throughout the 7,963-square-foot mansion have been restored to blend with “a modern aesthetic of art, beauty and taste for today’s lifestyle,” said Carlson.
There are five bedrooms and five full bathrooms. One of the three powder rooms has a custom pink quartz sink and a marble floor.
“The home is an entertainer’s dream,” said Carlson about the custom bar and two updated kitchens ready for caterers.
“View films in your personal movie theater with stadium seating,” she added.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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