2846 NW Fairfax Ter Nw

2846 NW FAIRFAX TER NW,  Portland West, Raleigh Hills / Portland, OR 97210 Directions

$3,490,000

 

beds
5
baths
6
sq footage
5,644
acreage
0.37 acres
year built
1926
area
Portland West, Raleigh Hills
mls
19210387
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Description

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been chosen to list the historic J. C. Braly house owned by internationally-renowned interior designer Mary Jean Thompson, ASID / IIDA.  The 5,786 square foot Georgian Colonial Revival is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts a panoramic view of the Mount Hood and downtown Portland, Mt. St. Helens and downtown Vancouver and both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

J. C. Braly was a Portland resident and car dealer who hired prestigious local architect Lee Thomas in 1925 to travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia and design a house based on the Georgian Kenmore Colonial mansion built in the 1750s—the middle of the Georgian period of architecture in England—for George Washington’s sister Betty Washington Lewis. Not long after Thomas returned, an authentic Georgian revival home was built on a quarter acre terrace lot carved into the steep hillside of Portland.

The original design of the 6-bedroom / 6-bath home includes a two-storied column portico in the front and a center hall layout like that at the original Kenmore mansion among other authentic details of the era. There is a stunning large main floor formal foyer, gas fireplaces, beautiful wood floors, a sunroom and formal dining areas. New carpets, appliances, granite and detailed artistry underscore the extraordinary character of this historic masterpiece.

The exquisite property faithfully adheres to the original Georgian architecture which is based on the Golden Ratio 1:1.6—a mathematical dynamic that is related to Michelangelo’s designs and based on the aesthetics of creating and appreciating a sense of beauty through harmony and proportion. All of those of are foundational to the J. C. Braly home located at 2846 NW Fairfax Terrace in Portland.

The home was listed this week by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty at $XXX.

In 2003 Mary Jean Thompson, ASID / IIDA and nationally-renowned interior designer purchased the house and initiated a major restoration that won an Oregon AIA/IIDA Citation Design Award for Historic Preservation. Not long after the $1.5 million restoration, Thompson was asked to become a Lifetime Regent for the George Washington Foundation representing Oregon. In addition, Thompson was appointed as Honorary Consul of Liechtenstein in 2010 and her Georgian home became the Official Consulate of the Principality of Lichtenstein for six years flying both the American and Liechtenstein flags.

 “I have often thought that it was this kind of house that supported the lives and meetings of our forefathers,” she says. “Perhaps this is why men like Washington and his brother-in-law Fielding Lewis were so primary in the design of their homes—perhaps it was the personal residences as meeting places for our founding fathers that were actually the birthplace of our nation.”

According to Thompson, the simple classical and scrupulously reproduced architectural details of her outstanding Georgian Colonial home pay homage to America’s founding fathers with their devotion to classical forms and the virtues of artisanship—she says that at its best it is a refuge from instabilities of the contemporary world.

“Living in this house has been an unbelievable experience—the interior spaces seem to facilitate and enhance every activity in a most spiritual way,” says Thompson. “The next owners will need to be individuals who understand how special this place is and have an appreciation of its history—it’s protection and maintenance is of utmost importance.”

Courtesy of Cascade Sothebys International Realty.

Property Details
Status
Active
Fireplace
Gas, Wood Burning
Foundation/Basement
Finished
Heating/Cooling
Hot Water, Radiant
Property Type
Residential, Single Family Residence
Roof
Composition
Sewer/Septic
Public Sewer
Style
Colonial
Year Built
1926
Additional Features
Cooling
Central Air
Fireplaces
2
Other Exterior Features
Garden, Sprinkler, Private Road, Yard
Other Interior Features
Hardwood Floors, Laundry, Tile Floor, Wood Floors, Granite, 3rd Floor
Property Subtype
Single Family Residence
View
City, Mountain(s)
Water
Public
Zoning and Taxes
Taxes
$28,866
Terms
Cash, Conventional

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Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been chosen to list the historic J. C. Braly house owned by internationally-renowned interior designer Mary Jean Thompson, ASID / IIDA.  The 5,786 square foot Georgian Colonial Revival is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts a panoramic view of the Mount Hood and downtown Portland, Mt. St. Helens and downtown Vancouver and both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

J. C. Braly was a Portland resident and car dealer who hired prestigious local architect Lee Thomas in 1925 to travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia and design a house based on the Georgian Kenmore Colonial mansion built in the 1750s—the middle of the Georgian period of architecture in England—for George Washington’s sister Betty Washington Lewis. Not long after Thomas returned, an authentic Georgian revival home was built on a quarter acre terrace lot carved into the steep hillside of Portland.

The original design of the 6-bedroom / 6-bath home includes a two-storied column portico in the front and a center hall layout like that at the original Kenmore mansion among other authentic details of the era. There is a stunning large main floor formal foyer, gas fireplaces, beautiful wood floors, a sunroom and formal dining areas. New carpets, appliances, granite and detailed artistry underscore the extraordinary character of this historic masterpiece.

The exquisite property faithfully adheres to the original Georgian architecture which is based on the Golden Ratio 1:1.6—a mathematical dynamic that is related to Michelangelo’s designs and based on the aesthetics of creating and appreciating a sense of beauty through harmony and proportion. All of those of are foundational to the J. C. Braly home located at 2846 NW Fairfax Terrace in Portland.

The home was listed this week by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty at $XXX.

In 2003 Mary Jean Thompson, ASID / IIDA and nationally-renowned interior designer purchased the house and initiated a major restoration that won an Oregon AIA/IIDA Citation Design Award for Historic Preservation. Not long after the $1.5 million restoration, Thompson was asked to become a Lifetime Regent for the George Washington Foundation representing Oregon. In addition, Thompson was appointed as Honorary Consul of Liechtenstein in 2010 and her Georgian home became the Official Consulate of the Principality of Lichtenstein for six years flying both the American and Liechtenstein flags.

 “I have often thought that it was this kind of house that supported the lives and meetings of our forefathers,” she says. “Perhaps this is why men like Washington and his brother-in-law Fielding Lewis were so primary in the design of their homes—perhaps it was the personal residences as meeting places for our founding fathers that were actually the birthplace of our nation.”

According to Thompson, the simple classical and scrupulously reproduced architectural details of her outstanding Georgian Colonial home pay homage to America’s founding fathers with their devotion to classical forms and the virtues of artisanship—she says that at its best it is a refuge from instabilities of the contemporary world.

“Living in this house has been an unbelievable experience—the interior spaces seem to facilitate and enhance every activity in a most spiritual way,” says Thompson. “The next owners will need to be individuals who understand how special this place is and have an appreciation of its history—it’s protection and maintenance is of utmost importance.”

Area Schools Great Schools

Nearby schools in this area:


Chapman Elementary School

1445 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Class Academy

2730 Northwest Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

Metropolitan Learning Center

2033 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Childpeace Montessori School

1516 NW Thurman Street, Portland, OR 97209

Cathedral School

110 Northwest 17th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Lincoln High School

1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Northwest Academy

1130 SW Main Street, Portland, OR 97205

De Paul Treatment Centers

Po Box 3007, Portland, OR 97208

Emerson School

105 NW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Ainsworth Elementary School

2425 SW Vista Ave, Portland, OR 97201


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