100 Year House
This project consists of a thoughtful mix of historic preservation and modern intervention to an existing 1911 Craftsman Style house in NE Portland. The house had been modified in a piecemeal way over the years so the first task was to identify which areas would be restored to their original style and which areas would be part of the modern intervention. On the main level, previously removed walls were rebuilt reestablishing the original “four square” or “quadrant” organization. New openings lined with white oak and detailed in a modern style became the new apertures in these old walls. The modern openings, with their natural wood materiality and bold detailing, create a strong threshold between rooms and help to heighten one’s experience of moving from one room to the next. New, modern elements were added such as kitchen cabinetry and an entry bench. These modern additions were conceptually treated as objects within the original room. Their detailing gives the impression that they are modern furniture pieces sitting comfortably in an older room. Other modern elements that were added include a steel stair that connects the living space to the back yard as well as a full basement conversion to living space.