Completion of my Portland House Portrait series!

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Portland Craftsman Homes, Bungalows, Tudors, Colonials, Cape Cod, Victorians and more form my Portland House Portrait collection.

I have always enjoyed spending time in Portland.  It’s reputation of being quirky, cool, weird and green all at the same time, makes life very interesting. Its architecture follows the same mold.

One of first things I noticed about the city as we ambled through it’s unique neighborhoods — stopping for coffee far too often — is the number of solar panels on homes.  And not just new homes, historic ones as well. That is always a good sign. I learned that Portland is a leader in the green movement, incorporating this trend into its urban planning over a decade ago.  I discovered a feast of architectural styles and well preserved and maintained homes. Beautiful tree-lined streets and colorful gardens added to the vibrance of some of Portland’s historic residential areas.  My series includes paintings of homes in a total of 16 favorite neighborhoods and in 15 architectural styles that I feel depict Portland. I concentrated on 10 historic neighborhoods for my Portland series. These include Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire, Concordia, Grant Park, Irvington, Laurelhurst, Sabin, Sellwood-Mooreland, Eastmoreland and Westmoreland.

And there’s another great thing about Portland. If you are travelling by car, you traverse absolutely stunning landscape. No matter which direction you are coming from, whether it’s along the coast, through national forest or the road that winds it way along the Columbus River, it’s always a heavenly experience. In fact I would have to say, that of all the amazing landmass that USA has to offer, this part of the country is most like my homeland of New Zealand. Now that is a really big plus!

Alameda

The neighborhood of Alameda sits right next to the beautiful Wilshire Park, with sidewalks lined by poplar trees and well-loved homes. Some of the houses were built as early as 1909, when the neighborhood was annexed to Portland. While walking down the streets, we saw many styles of homes including Craftsman, Colonial, bungalows, and cottages.

Stunning red Craftsman style home in the fall..
Craftsman style bungalow in the Alameda neighborhood of Portland.
Unique brick home in the Alameda neighborhood.
Love the red accents and landscaping surrounding this bungalow. Really makes it pop!
A Tudor cottage in the neighborhood.
I love the winding brick pathway leading up to this Alameda home.
A lovely example of a Colonial style Alameda home in the Spring.
A Craftsman style house depicted during the fall.
Spring cottage in the Alameda neighborhood.
A beautifully maintained Tudor-style house in Alameda.

Beaumont-Wilshire

I learned that the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood is in actuality two separate neighborhoods separated by NE Fremont Street, with Beaumont to the south and Wilshire to the north. The two neighborhoods agreed to form the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association to recognize their common interests, including their common commercial center of Beaumont Village. There is quite an array of classic bungalow style homes and I have some of my favorites included in the collection below:

Bungalow in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood of Portland.
A Craftsman inspired build in the neighborhood sporting solar panels.
One of the several Colonial style homes in Beaumont-Wilshire.
One of the many Beaumont-Wilshire bungalows you will find in this area.
Colorful landscaping compliments this Beaumont-Wilshire home well.

Concordia

The neighborhood of Concordia spans around Concordia University, a private liberal arts college that has helped to shape the community around it.  I enjoyed my time in this neighborhood which I found to be bursting with art and diversity,

The dark tones of this Craftsman style home allow the landscaping to stand out even more.
A colorful little bungalow in the Concordia neighborhood of Portland.
A Concordia neighborhood Cape Cod style home.
A well-cared for bungalow in the neighborhood.
A newly built Craftsman style home in Concordia.
A final classic Portland bungalow to finish up my Concordia neighborhood portion of this collection.

Grant Park

The Grant Park neighborhood was named after Ulysses S. Grant who frequented Portland several times during his presidency. The early 20th century homes in this neighborhood are classically styled and I fell in love with several of the Craftsman builds that I came across during my visit. Before I arrived, I did some research about the neighborhood and discovered that Klickitat Street was the setting for Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby children’s books. The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden located nearby is a wonderful tribute to her, and I’ve included a photo of one of the statues below.

 

A Colonial Revival style home with summer colors in the Grant Park neighborhood.
A perfectly symmetrical early Craftsman home.
Another great example of the Craftsman style homes you will find in Grant Park neighborhood.
A lovely home that I came across in our travels.
Another bungalow in the Grant Park neighborhood in Portland, Oregon.

Irvington

The historic neighborhood of Irvington is a well-maintained area with expansive yards and old, long-limbed trees. I discovered that part of the upkeep of the neighborhood is funded by a yearly tour of the homes each spring, which had the timing been right, I would have loved to attend! Another area with a wide selection of architectural styles that I enjoyed capturing in my paintings.

A Craftsman inspired family house portrait in Irvington.
An Irvington Craftsman that impressed me by it color combination.
The lovely front garden adds character to this Irvington neighborhood house portrait.
A great example of an Irvington Craftsman style home.
A delightful Colonial Revival home in Irvington.
Another selection of a charming Craftsman home in the Irvington neighborhood.
The wrap-around porch of this Irvington Craftsman home caught my eye!
The long, sweeping tree branches add a dreamy feeling to this Craftsman.
A Craftsman inspired home.
An early Craftsman that incorporated some Victorian elements.

 

Laurelhurst

Like many of the surrounding neighborhoods, Laurelhurst is filled with history. This neighborhood circles around the Laurelhurst park, which has a gilded statue of Joan of Arc, a World War I war memorial, right in the middle. This old neighborhood is located close to Downtown Portland, which gave us plenty of opportunity to explore and enjoy the area.

Gilt bronze sculpture of Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Fremiet in Coe Circle in the Laurelhurst neighborhood

This Laurelhurst Craftsman’s vibrant landscaping adds to the homey charm of this spring house portrait.

Gilt bronze sculpture of Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Fremiet in Coe Circle in the Laurelhurst neighborhood

A beautifully maintained Cape ode style home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. Love the red door and chairs.
A cheerful yellow Tudor style home in Laurelhurst.
A historic Laurelhurst home with unique design features.
A bungalow selection from the Laurelhurst neighborhood, with a bright orange door.
A Craftsman in the Laurelhurst neighborhood in the early fall.
An eye-catching Craftsman style home – the mature trees give character, especially during the fall.
An elegant Laurelhurst Tudor home.
Laurelhurst has no shortage of charming historic bungalows!
A beautiful Victorian captured in the spring.
A Laurelhurst bungalow house portrait.
Attractive landscaping adds to this Laurelhurst home.
The white trim really pops against the dark color of this Laurelhurst home.
Another home with stand out landscaping.
I love the colors of this Laurelhurst home.

 

The portraits shown below are from several different neighborhoods in the area. With so many neighborhoods to see, I wasn’t able to spend as much time in these locations as some of the others, but have a few favorites that I found during my travels.

Dolph Park

The bright red door of this Dolph Park home caught my eye.

Kerns

A classic Craftsman style home with wrap around porch in the Kerns neighborhood.

Ladd’s Addition

Autumn leaves contrast well against this Cape Cod home in Ladd’s Addition.

 

King

A Craftsman style bungalow in the neighborhood of King.

Southwest Hills

Portrait of a Dutch Colonial Revival style home in Southwest Hills.

Vernon

Was attracted to the mauvy-pink tones of this Four Square Craftsman in Vernon.

Richmond

A vibrant bungalow in the Richmond neighborhood in spring.
Another classic bungalow style home in Richmond, this time in summer.

Rose City Park

The Rose City Park neighborhood; a haven of mid-century bungalows and other classic homes!
How gorgeous does the landscaping look against this fine Portland home?

Sabin

The Sabin neighborhood became an official community in 1968 and is now known as one of the most diverse areas in Portland. Sabin neighborhood home styles range from classic Old Portland architecture, Craftsman bungalows, Victorian two-stories, Tudor cottages, Foursquare homes and more.

Sabin is a fun neighborhood with classic Tudor bungalow homes such as this.
For a newer community, the homes still flaunts many historic architectural influences.
A Sabin bungalow house portrait with red Crepe Myrtles flanking it.
Fell in love with the subtle colors of this Craftsman inspired bungalow.- not to mention the landscaping!
I love the slope of the roof over the front entrance of this Sabin home.

Sellwood-Moreland

Sellwood-Moreland is the quintessential family neighborhood, with an amusement park, plenty of parks and hiking trails, and locally owned cafes. This neighborhood is technically a combination of two neighborhoods, Sellwood and Moreland, with Moreland being further divided into Eastmoreland and Westmoreland. The landscaping and classic, well cared for houses were a delight to see, and I have several styles included in this part of my Portland, Oregon collection of paintings.

A cheerful bungalow in Sellwood-Moreland.
The wooden doors compliment the neutral colors of the siding on this home.
A classic Dutch Colonial home in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood with matching red maples.
Vibrant flowers and shrubbery give so much warmth to this Sellwood-Moreland portrait.
A earthy colored Sellwood-Moreland Craftsman.
Another historic Craftsman home nestled between mature tree. I love the neighborhood library.
A lovely new build in the neighborhood.

Eastmoreland and Westmoreland

A traditional picket fence for this Portland home.
The pop of color from the landscaping gives a warm feel to this fine Eastmoreland Cape Cod.
Stunning spring color adds to this bungalow house portrait in Eastmoreland.
I especially like the variegated brick of this well loved Tudor style home.
The brick steps leading up to this Portland home are a beautiful touch.
This happy yellow home gives off a welcoming feeling.
Another Eastmoreland family home portrait, this time with a Mid-Century Modern style.
A rare find in this neighborhood, a mountain style home.
A charming brick Tudor cottage in the Eastmoreland neighborhood.
A Tudor style home with such cheerful landscaping.
I liked the detail of the stones used in the landscaping of this Eastmoreland home.
A radiant red Westmoreland Craftsman home.
The gorgeous green of this home contrasts against the autumn season beautifully!
And a final, well-loved and cared for Cape Cod home in this Portland neighborhood.

Whenever I create a series of paintings of a particular city, I always study the history of the area.  Knowing that background gives me a greater understanding and appreciation of the city’s architectural make up. I thought I would share with you a summary of what I found.  Much of this information is thanks to the Travel Portland  and PTX History websites.

Portland and the Oregon coast is famous through Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s exploring the area in 1805, however Native Americans inhabited the Pacific Northwest long before white settlers arrived. This area was home to the Chinook tribe, who sustained themselves by fishing, foraging and trading, many Portland area landmarks — like the Willamette River and Multnomah Falls — were named by these original inhabitants.

When settlers stepped off the Oregon Trail and made their home in Portland, they started giving the area names of their own. One that endures today, “Stumptown,” was an early nickname for the city because of the felled trees that dotted the city’s quickly developing landscape. As a lumber town with seemingly endless expanses of forest all around, the area sprouted up swiftly, knocking down old-growth trees in the wake of its expansion. Pioneers and adventurers flocked to the city from the East Coast, and two — Maine merchant Francis Pettygrove and Massachusetts lawyer Asa Lovejoy — decided the city’s name with a coin-toss, choosing between their respective hometowns of Portland and Boston. Known as “The Portland Penny,” the deciding copper piece is on display today at the Oregon Historical Society Museum.

With its Willamette River location (and proximity to the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean), Portland soon grew into its name as a shipping hub, but it also became a wild haven for sailors who indulged in drink and other vices in the city’s downtown.

Though the city’s original planners developed the downtown wisely (with a gridded structure and small, easily traversed blocks) the infrastructure needed to support a growing region — and ensure its natural beauty — had to be rethought. So, in 1974, the city re-routed a major highway that had disconnected Portland from its waterfront and installed the 30-acre public Waterfront Park in its place. Next, in the late 1970s, Portland instituted an urban growth boundary, an artificial border that restricts development, inhibits sprawl and encourages green space around the city. While Portland will never be able to rewrite history and return the old-growth trees to the region or undo the pollution caused by its rapid growth, these green feats aim to reverse the damage, and ensure that the city’s history and its people have many more chapters to come.

I hope you have found this informative.

That’s it for now.

Leisa