1100 SW Myrtle Drive
Van Evera Bailey Reimagined
A Portland Heights Sophisticate
Designed in 1956 by groundbreaking Portland architect Van Evera Bailey, 1100 SW Myrtle Drive has been enhanced with a meticulous renovation—one that spectacularly embellishes the home’s original Northwest Regional Style.
The 4,325-square-foot home at 1100 SW Myrtle Drive, stunningly set in the West Hills of Portland Heights, still proudly wears the iconic midcentury stamp of original designer Van Evera Bailey, even as a 2015 remodel has expanded its livability and beautifully modernized its décor.
In its new-and-improved form, the house represents a respectful yet innovative upgrade on a striking exemplar of the Northwest Regional Style. Elements such as the home’s floor-to-ceiling windows and generously overhanging eaves are hallmarks of the architectural tradition, of which Bailey was a pioneer. A native Portlander, Bailey studied under William Gray Purcell, an exponent of the same Chicago-based Prairie School that claimed Frank Lloyd Wright among its acolytes. Bailey homes—many of them lavish havens on the steep slopes of the West Hills—still stand as some of Portland’s most elegant domestic architecture
Backed by greenery and spread atop a lovely landscaped bank, the Myrtle house commands a spectacular seat. Its 1.18-acre lot, tucked along the front of the West Hills, has a dazzling east-facing viewshed: Portland below, Cascade snow summits on the horizon. Private and secluded behind its gated entry, yet bringing the majesty of Portland’s cityscape and mountain skyline into the living space courtesy of the elevated perch and grand windows: This Van Evera Bailey home has more than a touch of the Frank Lloyd Wright in its relationship with place and Nature.
What’s remarkable about the home’s 2015 renovation, accomplished by the award-winning firm Giulietti/Schouten Architects, is how seamlessly the new additions integrate into Bailey’s midcentury design. The homeowner wanted to upgrade the existing single-level home with more bedrooms and functional living space without destroying the sleek, minimalist Northwest Regional beauty.
Architects Timothy Schouten and David Guiletti and design assistant Jake Weber managed the feat by installing to the main house a second floor with a setback ridgeline. This preserves the original structure’s low roof, broad overhang, and large gable while enhancing the sweeping view.
The Giulietti/Schouten Architects renovation—which garnered a recent Luxe Magazine cover and 16-page profile by Brian Libby—has given the main house three bedrooms and the self-contained, one bedroom guesthouse.
From the vaulted great room to the plentiful windows, the upgrade has expanded the home’s sightlines and introduced that much more natural light. That illumination plays up the beautifully redone finishes and furnishings within, from the marble wall in the living room and the striking Arteriors chandeliers above the dining table to the kitchen’s walnut cabinets and polished granite Lumix countertops. Other standout features include the master suite’s tile-walled fireplace and huge walk-in closet and the hatch in the exercise room leading to a wine cellar.
The eastward views over the city and toward the Cascade rim from the kitchen, living room, upstairs, and other windows lend a sense of bird’s-eye expansiveness. Meanwhile, the dining room gazes out to the verdant private paradise of the property’s new courtyard: lush plantings, a tumbling waterfall, and a fire pit—not to mention the elegant guest quarters.
1100 SW MYRTLE DRIVE, PORTLAND, OREGON 97201
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Photos courtesy of Harnish Properties.