N McClellan Street, 1981 Posted on July 29, 2019 by Vintage Portland 14 House at 1441 N McClellan Street, 1981. City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2012-008.519. View this image in Efiles by clicking here. Rate this:Share this:FacebookPinterestTwitterEmailRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
Look, they saved one!
This picture is a ‘before’ of the Victoria Belle house that is lite up at Christmas.
New porch and picket fence…looks like the restoration turned out well:
This has always been a superb property and it’s palindrome address makes even more charming. I once own a dutch colonial house this size (3 stories) built in 1907, in Eureka, CA. It was a marvelous experience that I’ll never forget. Re-roofing mine was very dear, 15K; these guys earn their money braving the heights, working at steep angles…I don’t do ladders anymore. I like the changes made to this place very much. Bravo!
I am very happy to see this lovely lady still standing and restored. Yay!
It looks like they were even able to save the stained glass upper panes.
i remember tis as an evil haunted house, when i was younger and it was so badly overgrown.
From the Victorian Belle website:
The historic Victorian Belle Mansion was built in 1885 as a wedding present from David Cole to his new bride, Amanda Laura Boone, great-granddaughter of frontiersman Daniel Boone. Constructed of lumber milled entirely on the property, the original building cost came to $8,000, a large sum in those days.
Cole was a ship captain who later owned a chain of local hardware and lumber stores. The house is said to be one of the first in Portland to have running hot and cold water, central heating, interior electricity, and a windmill-powered water pump.
The house now holds historical artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries: antique furniture, old clothing (including Amanda Laura Boone’s wedding dress and slippers), old photographs, lithographs, magazine covers, and much more.
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the mansion also has its original wood fixtures and houses of the largest displays of Povey stained glass in the world and was said to be the Tiffany’s of the NW. Povey glass is known for its round, faceted jewels and the image of a bird in every window. The Victorian Belle was a private home for the last 100 years and an event facility for approximately the last 20 years.
When i was a kid, living in Kenton, this home was known locally as “Pete’s Castle”.
Another Kenton Kid from the 50’s. Yes on the Castle which was the foundation for my interest in these wonderful graceful homes and a later career in architecture.
perfect home !
@igor, $8,000.00 in 1885 is ~$225,720.00 in today’s dollars. A fair sum but Zillow thinks it’s worth ~$1.9 mil now.
God bless historic preservation !!