Portland Event Guide: Inspired by Family Home Tour

Arciform Inspired by Family Home Tour

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.

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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 TileworksHeritage TileDal 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.


October 20
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
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NW Portland Spotlight | The Yo! Store

NW Portland’s Yo! Vintage is more than what it seems – with a bright interior, chic vintage finds and sustainable children’s clothes, this shop is more than your average “vintage” store.

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Green Zebra Open Thursday!

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The new store will open at 7 a.m. Thursday and offer an expanded selection of grab-and-go items, as well as a bar where customers can grab a pint of Oregon beer. (Courtesy Green Zebra Grocery) 

By Anna Marum | The Oregonian/OregonLive 

On Thursday, Green Zebra Grocery will open the doors of its second mini-grocery store in Portland, this time in the redeveloping Lloyd District.

Green Zebra, which opened its first location in North Portland in 2013, offers the types of products you'd see at a traditional grocery store (fresh produce, a deli counter, etc.) in a roughly 8,000-square-foot space. It plans to open its third store on the PSU campus this fall.

The new store is located at 808 NE Multnomah Street, at the base of the Hassalo on Eighth development.

Lisa Sedlar, a former New Seasons Market chief executive, is president and chief executive of Green Zebra Grocery.Courtesy Green Zebra Grocery 

In a news release, Green Zebra chief executive Lisa Sedlar called the Lloyd District a "perfect place" for the store.

"The days of driving to the big store and parking in the big lot and doing the big shop are a thing of the past—it's time consuming and wasteful," she said.

In an August interview with The Oregonian, Sedlar said she expected half of the store's customers to walk, bike or take public transportation to the store. However, 40 parking spaces are available under the store for those who drive.

The new store will open at 7 a.m. Thursday and offer an expanded selection of grab-and-go items, a bar where customers can grab a pint of Oregon beer, as well as a "Crowler" station, where shoppers can fill a can version of a growler.

A grand opening celebration starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with free samples, entertainment and raffles through the weekend.

The store will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


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Portland’s Best Patio Bars

Migration Brewing promises locally brewed pints and plenty of patio space.

Migration Brewing promises locally brewed pints and plenty of patio space.

Photo by Billy Cook

Home to a crowd of craft distilleries, urban wineries and more breweries than any other city on earth, Portland has no shortage of world-class watering holes. And when the weather warms and the days grow long, imbibers flock to these picturesque bar patios to pair a shot of sunshine with their summer drinks of choice.


Hip Mississippi Avenue offers a handful of top-notch patios. Order grass-fed cheeseburgers at roomy picnic tables and buy pints from an outdoor order window at Bar Bar, then catch a live show at adjoining Mississippi Studios. Down the street, locals cheer on the Portland Timbers with Cloud Ripper IPAs at StormBreaker Brewery, where outdoor seating options include a large tented area outfitted with a TV projector. For a quick European getaway, check out Prost!, an authentic German beer hall with a spacious back porch, where patrons pair imported bier with traditional bratwurst and Bavarian pretzels.

A few blocks east on the popular cycling corridor Williams Avenue, Vendetta offers a gigantic back patio with Zen-inspired landscaping, hanging lights and plenty of tables. Hungry? Nearby, The Waypostserves “Arizona-themed” fare like plantain tacos and habanero lime margaritas in a patio space that doubles as a community garden.


The rooftop garden at Noble Rot provides the Central Eastside restaurant with some of freshest organic veggies in town — and the fourth-floor view’s not bad, either. Grab a seat outside and enjoy views of the sun dipping behind downtown Portland and the woodsy West Hills. Not to be outdone, Alberta Street’s Radio Room offers two airy options: an adults-only rooftop outfitted with heaters and a wood-burning fireplace, and a family- (and canine-) friendly street-level garden warmed by a gas fire pit.

On Mondays, picnic tables in front of Migration Brewing are in high demand thanks to $3 microbrews; order a flagship Migration Pale Ale and settle in for some quality people-watching.


Summer means frequent dance parties and live band performances on the back patio at White Owl Social Club. The menu boasts a great selection of gluten-free and vegan grub, and revelers can even roast s’mores on tabletop campfires. Outdoorsy types also love Base Camp Brewing, where the vibe includes outdoor fire pits, tree stump chairs and well-rounded beers like the “In-Tents” India Pale Lager.

For a boot-scootin’ time, grab your cowboy hat (or trucker cap) and drop into the Landmark Saloonto play backyard cornhole and horseshoes accompanied by live honky-tonk tunes. Pulled pork po’boys from Leroy’s BBQ food cart keeps the crowds well fed. Super picky about your beer? Apex keeps 50 drafts on tap — and about that many picnic tables out front.

Named one of the country’s best grilled cheese sandwiches by Food & Wine, the bacon-and-Fontina sando is reason enough to visit EastBurn. The cozy fireside tables and quirky swinging chairs only add to the appeal.


Perched atop the 15th floor of the Nines Hotel, the rooftop bar at Departure boasts panoramic views of downtown, including an aerial view of “Portland’s Living Room” (aka Pioneer Courthouse Square). Settle into the comfy outdoor couches and order Asian-inspired small plates prepared by Top Chef finalist Gregory Gourdet. Another happy hour favorite, Nel Centro features a mod courtyard with a black marble fire pit and an artsy “living wall” of lush greenery.


On Deck Sports Bar and Grill claims the title of neighborhood’s largest outdoor patio, offering cool summer breezes and hi-def coverage of the day’s top athletic events. For more sophisticated pub grub, peruse a long list of Belgian beers, gourmet small plates like mussels and frites, and more than 150 whiskeys at North 45, whose tucked away brick- and tree-lined patio feels like it was transported from a town square in Brussels.

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