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2531 NE 16th Street
A grand "Four Square" with Colonial Revival Detailing

photo courtesy of the home owners

William Lind, a well-to-do railroad construction contractor built this home for himself in 1907.  His house was among the first in Irvington built north of Brazee Street.  Though a Craftsman Four-Square style home in its overall form and room layout, it is ornamented with classical details more associated with Colonial Revival styles.  This amalgam of styles was common in the early, architecturally turbulent years of the 20th century.

In the 1930's and 1940's the house became the Portland Hebrew Bible School, and the interior was altered radically to suit the needs of the school. After a succession of owners who made-do with the altered layout, the house was extensively rehabbed in the late 1980's.  However, by 1998, when the current owners bought it, it was again in need of updating and of correcting, once and for all, the awkward floorplan remaining from the school conversion many years previously.  

The resulting reconstruction of the interior of the house was completed just days before the 2001 Irvington Home Tour.  So careful was the selection of materials and finishes that it is virtually impossible to tell which parts of the house are original and which are reconstructions.  Stained glass transoms above the bedroom doors, new built-ins and windows, new bathrooms, even new fireplaces create a classic, but very livable home which now extends to all three floors.  The old attic was transformed into a magnificent master suite with loft spaces and a grand staircase to the "widows walk" in the dormer at the front of the house.




Period style furnishing and fixtures create an inviting atmosphere while the large windows and cheery colors keep the living room bright even in Portland's dreary winter months.

photo courtesy of the homeowners





Classical columns help divide the spacious entry hall from the living room.  The impact of more "modern" turn-of-the-century architecture can be seen in the openness of the layout, without the typical Victorian era walls and doors closing off the living room. 



photo courtesy of the homeowners