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The August Olson House
2509 NE 18th Avenue

This classic Craftsman Style home was designed in 1910 by Raymond Hockenberry, who designed dozens of distinguished homes in Portland during his brief 3-year stay here.  This one was commissioned by August Olson, an executive of the Deep River Logging Company.  No doubt the Craftsman style with its emphasis on relating to the natural surroundings and emphasizing the timber in their construction, appealed to his background as a logger.  The following year, Hockenberry went on to design the renowned lodge at Crater Lake National Park.

For all of its celebrated beginnings, this house had fallen on hard times when the current owners acquired it in the early 1990's.  The interior was such a mess that the owners threw a "graffiti party" inviting their guests to spray paint ad lib in the interior -- just before the demolition of the old walls and crumbling plaster.  Then the work began, as woodwork was stripped and refinished, plaster replaced, period wall papers hung, and every detail lovingly attended to.  Fine mission style furnishings and a mural painted by Michael Schlictien completed the project.

The result is a stunning restoration of an historic home -- an effort recently recognized by coverage in HGTV's Restore America TV program.  More recently, a photo of this home appeared in Paul Duchscherer's book Beyond the Bungalow.

Placement of the home on the National Register of Historic Places due to its connection with Raymond Hockenberry was achieved in 1996.



Almost as imposing as the house is the sturdy stone wall wrapping around the corner lot.  This view into the back yard  through the side gate shows some of the amenities added by the current owners, including the pergola, a tree house (very popular with the neighbor kids, too), and an exquisite Japanese style garden.  The yard was designed by landscape architect Barbara Hilty.




Surely one of the most exuberant uses of clinker brick and random stone in all of Irvington, this boldly rustic chimney helps define the "Craftsman" character of this delightful home.  More clinker brick is found on the imposing porch pillars and at the garden gate.