Spend the holidays in a classic colonial on Greenleaf Drive. Enjoy spacious formal rooms with a fireplace, sip hot cocoa in the eat-in kitchen and cozy family room, rest in the quiet master suite with a spa-like bathroom. Keep guests happy in the additional bedroom suite with garden views. For more information on how you can come home to this fabulous property click here.
2104 SW Spring Street is the ideal combination of period details and modern amenities. Enjoy pocket doors, leaded built-ins, bayed windows as well as updated marble bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen and attached garage. For more information on this residence click here.
If you enjoy walking down Portland’s tree-lined streets to admire lovely old houses, join us on Saturday, October 20th, to tour some of our favorite Irvington, Alameda, and Beaumont-Wilshire homes on ARCIFORM’S Inspired by Family Home Tour.
Our day begins at The Old Church Concert Hall with our free Changing Family Workshop that will demonstrate how to design your home around diverse family needs, including children, pets, house guests, and aging parents. Doors open at 9:00 am and the workshop starts at 10:00 am.
After the workshop, our self-guided tour of five beautifully renovated Northeast Portland homes starts at 12:30 pm and ends at 6:30 pm. Tickets for the tour are $20.00, and all proceeds will benefit the Oregon Humane Society. A printed map that grants you entry to the homes will be distributed at The Old Church. However, if you wish to bypass the workshop, you can receive your tour map at the first home on the tour. If you choose this option, the location of the first home will be provided when purchasing tickets via Eventbrite.
At 6:30 pm, join us for a reception at Christiane Millinger Oriental Rugs & Textiles, located at 2037 NW Lovejoy Street, and see her collection of beautiful rugs and textiles.
The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Avenue
The Old Church Concert Hall was designed by Warren H. Williams in the Carpenter Gothic style, which reinterprets Gothic style in wood rather than stone. Built in 1882, The Old Church is on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior is simple but striking with its architectural details. In the auditorium, cast iron Corinthian columns support a vaulted ceiling with plaster ribs. Over time, the space has been updated: a stage, ramp, and elevator have been added, and the bathrooms have been upgraded. ARCIFORM remodeled the office, designed and installed a weathervane, restored the ceiling, portico, and ramp, and is now renovating the box office.
1937 Neo-Georgian Villa – Beaumont-Wilshire
ARCIFORM designer Anne De Wolf diligently worked through every detail of this updated home with the clients. ARCIFORM is in the final stages of remodeling a kitchen and basement that were tailored to the clients’ lifestyle and addressed their wish to incorporate architectural details from the rest of the house. This couple enjoys cooking and entertaining, and they share the home with a wonderful standard poodle. In the new kitchen, everything but the floors and windows has been replaced. Versatile Wood Products’ cabinetry provides plenty of storage. Beautiful, reflective finishes (like Luce di Luna quartzite counters from Pental and handmade tile by Tempest Tile) bring a subtle, sophisticated shine to the space. In the basement, ARCIFORM renovated the bathroom — adding radiant-heated tile floors, fresh paint, and a new vanity, shower, and other features — remodeled the laundry room, and refreshed the family room.
1916 Colonial Revival – Irvington
The owners of this historic Ellis Lawrence mansion chose a phased remodel. She’s a master gardener, he runs his own company, and they have a busy family life with children and big dogs. ARCIFORM began with the master bath, continued the project with the kitchen, nook and mudroom, and completed the attic bath last. They utilized the historic review process with the City of Portland to maintain the home’s historical importance. The newly remodeled kitchen, sunroom and mudroom are warm and welcoming spaces for the whole family. In the sunroom, a new custom built-in bench under the windows provides ample seating with plush cushions. Here, the homeowners can enjoy eating, working, or reading while the birds chirp away in the garden. The new mudroom has radiant heated floors under Pental’s porcelain tile to warm chilled feet after being out in the weather. The stunning copper hood and a custom self-closing gate to keep the dogs corralled are worth a visit alone. Windows and new cabinets are by Versatile Wood Products, made to closely match the originals, with hardware by House of Antique Hardware, Rejuvenation, and Van Dyke’s Restorers. The tile in the bathroom was sourced through Heritage Tile.
1911 Colonial with Transitional Elements – Irvington
This 1911 Colonial is home to long-time Portlanders with close-knit, large families on both sides. They have two children, with a third one on the way, and a dog named Cole, adopted from the Humane Society eight years ago. With this remodel, designer Anne De Wolf aimed to create better flow and light throughout the space and provide more room for family gatherings. ARCIFORM built a large addition on the back of the house with a covered porch, expanded kitchen, sunroom, breezeway, and a WC. Outside, there will be an area for barbecuing and a decorative balcony. On the second floor, ARCIFORM converted the existing nursery into a bath and remodeled the master bath. New cabinetry is by Versatile Wood Products. Tile is sourced through Tempest Tileworks, Heritage Tile, Dal Tile and Fire Clay.
1929 Tudor Cottage – Alameda
Inside this home resides a busy family with three teenagers and a golden-doodle named Truman. ARCIFORM has completed two phases of remodeling here and is currently in design mode on the third phase. The remodeled kitchen retained its period charm and prioritized the family’s practical needs. The counters are Carrara, the backsplash is gray marble, cabinets are painted white, and the floors are original oak. With three children, the compact space needed to offer flexibility and efficiency. One solution for dietary restrictions was a built-in fridge with freezer and a separate two-drawer refrigerator. Close by, a butcher block pullout counter expands workspace for larger kitchen projects, especially collaborative baking with the kids. The homeowners commented that “ARCIFORM and Anne [De Wolf] really impressed us with how much she honored the original integrity and character of our kitchen and adjacent rooms. The kitchen design carefully balanced making the most use of the existing footprint without compromising the original features of our home.”
1939 Garrison Colonial Revival – Alameda
Built by architect Frank Read in 1939, this charming home belongs to a couple who love to entertain friends and family. ARCIFORM remodeled and expanded their kitchen, the heart of their home, adding beautiful finishes and more space for entertaining. A roof balcony and mudroom were part of the addition as well, and a new concrete patio was created off the addition to give better access to the library. The new spaces are a testament to charm, character and luxury with Oceanside glass tile backsplash from Ann Sacks and leaded glass in the cabinet doors sparkling in the sunlight.
See you on the tour!
With over 21 years in business, ARCIFORM has remodeled more than 200 homes. With the company’s extensive knowledge of the architectural, remodeling and design process, the Design Workshop series will bring you valuable knowledge and planning tools for remodels specializing in historical accuracy combined with modern style.
So in this sense “contemporary” is not limited to a single stylistic thread. And “modern” recalls the early- and mid-20th-century architecture embodying the ideals of the machine age: an absence of ornament, structures of steel or concrete, large expanses of glass, a whitewash (usually stucco over brick) or another minimal exterior expression, and open floor plans.
While this starts to define the difference, there is an evident use of the term “contemporary” that refers to a particular strain of design today, such that new postmodern, neo-Classical or other neo-traditional buildings are not included. The term’s use is clearly narrower than the literal definition, yet it is still rooted in the now; contemporary architecture is of its time, therefore innovative and forward-looking. In this sense it is rooted in the modern, even if it does not resemble it stylistically.
The photos that follow respond to the question, “modern or contemporary?” I hope the answers will elucidate the similarities and differences between the styles, further aiding the appreciation of both styles of architecture.