LOCATION
Portland, OR

STATUS
Completed 2018

SQUARE FOOTAGE
4,512 SF

CONSTRUCTION TYPE
XXXXX

SPECIAL FEATURES
XXXXX

DESIGN TEAM
XXXXX

CATEGORIES
Single-family Residential (Detached)

 

Perched on a small lot in the coveted Alphabet District in NW Portland, the four-story Skyview home maximizes panoramic views of Portland’s tallest buildings, its most unique bridges, and several of the Cascade Mountains’ most iconic peaks.

Turning the typical floor plan upside-down, the primary living and entertaining spaces are located on the top floor, where unobstructed views become the backdrop to floor-to-ceiling glass in almost every direction. Walls of glass part at the corner, and the living area spills onto the carefully curated roofscape with a fountain, plantings, and lounge seating.

Structured with board-form concrete and glazed terracotta cladding, this home is for the ages: distinctly modern, but above all, distinguished and timeless.

 
 
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NORTHWEST DISTRICT

Today the Northwest District is a dense region of well established residential neighborhoods and bustling commercial corridors. Modern-day Slabtown encompasses the area between NW 16th Ave to Montgomery Park and from the Willamette River to NW Pettygrove. A still thriving industrial area borders to the north and the lush Forest Park borders to the west. The Portland Streetcar NS line terminates at Slabtown, connecting the neighborhood to Downtown Portland and beyond. Local attractions include Chapman School, where migrating swifts can be seen every September, and high-end shopping along NW 23rd Street. The neighborhood fabric is an eclectic mix of modern condominiums and townhomes nestled between grand old apartment buildings and craftsman bungalows. New mixed-use development has begun filling in run-down warehouse blocks helping to extend the walkability of the neighborhood.

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SLABTOWN

Since its founding in 1845, Portland had evolved into a major economic center, largely fueled by the arrival of transcontinental railroads, the shipping industry, and the unparalleled timber and wheat industry. The city is known for its abundant outdoor activities, liberal political values, and beer and coffee enthusiasm. Portland is home to a large number of independent microbreweries, micro-distilleries and food carts that contribute to the unofficial slogan “Keep Portland Weird.”

Northwest Portland has seen many transformations over time. At the time of Portland’s establishment, the Northwest District was home to Guild’s Lake, Chinese immigrants’ farms and Native American camps. In the 1850s the timber and railroad industries moved in, and the district was soon populated by warehouses, work yards, and working-class housing. As the district grew, the name “Slabtown” was adopted in reference to the enormous quantities of slab wood — the rounded edges left over from squaring lumber at the lumber mill — that were used as an affordable source of heating and cooking fuel. The abundant slabs could be seen stacked outside of the residences throughout the district.

Residents of Slabtown were largely immigrants from Scandinavia, China and Eastern Europe. Business sprung up around the streetcar lines and many cultural landmarks were established such as the Vaughn Street Baseball Park and St. Patrick’s Church.

In 1905, Slabtown was the host of the World’s Fair, also known as the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. The Exposition was constructed around Guild’s Lake and brought in over 11,000 visitors a day. After the Exposition’s 4-month run, the buildings were deconstructed or razed and the lake was filled in slowly by industrial developers. Portland’s population boomed in the years following the fair, and many of the houses still seen around Portland today were built during those decades of growth.