This 5,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home was designed and built in 1926 by architect Robert B. Beat, a sought-after designer in the interwar years in Portland, Oregon. The recent whole-house remodel by COOPER Design Builders, attentive to the historic character of the house, won a 2017 Structure + Style Award from Oregon Home magazine and was featured on the Professional Remodelers Organization’s annual Tour of Remodeled Homes.
The remodel harmonizes the property’s original Mediterranean character with a clean, fresh aesthetic incorporating contemporary function and space planning. COOPER added seismic upgrades for earthquake resilience and water-penetration mitigation to help the home weather Pacific Northwest winters.
As you enter the home, a grand wrought-iron staircase greets you in the formal foyer, and a circular floor plan expands around you.
The spaciousness of the main level is balanced by an intimacy provided by the distinct yet interconnected spaces including a solarium, a formal living room with built-in bookcases, and a breakfast nook with French doors leading out to the backyard.
COOPER’s designers devoted equal attention to the upper and lower levels of the home. The roomy master suite upstairs boasts two walk-in closets with windows and a master bathroom soaked in southern light throughout the day.
The basement level features a built-in wood bar and wine cabinet adjacent to a family room with fireplace. A private guest quarters is provided off the family room next to a second laundry area and abundant storage space.
This beautiful home is in northeast Portland’s historic Irvington neighborhood, a district known for its stately homes on large lots. The Irvington Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.