May 19, 2024


Interior The Freshmaker

Modernist architect Neutra’s rare, restored Oregon house is for sale at $3,750,000

A Portland house with a provenance like no other is for sale. The revolutionary dwelling was built 82 several years back by modernist architect Richard Neutra for lily hybridizer Jan de Graaff and his spouse, Peggy, heir to the Macy’s section shop operator who died on the Titanic.

The dramatic, three-stage dwelling, celebrated for its unadorned, window-prosperous Intercontinental design, was profiled in a 1942 Residence & Back garden magazine unfold a calendar year immediately after it was accomplished, transformed in the 1980s outside of recognition and restored to Neutra’s vision in excess of two decades by the existing proprietors.

On Thursday, May possibly 19, the house at 1901 South Comus St. was set on the current market for the 1st time because 2003. The asking cost: $3,750,000.

The original handle of the storied, private house was 1900 Southwest Palatine Hill Road.

“This luxury estate is a person of only two Oregon properties intended by environment-renowned architect Richard Neutra,” mentioned listing agent Tracy Hasson of The Hasson Corporation. The two avant-garde, modern-day properties have been owned by the rich de Graaff spouse and children.

The property for sale is “more than wooden and nails,” Hasson stated, noting Neutra’s swish use of flooring-toceiling sliding doors and other features that grant seamless obtain to the outdoors. “This home is for an individual who appreciates record and the work” of the late, Los Angeles-based architect.

Neutra vaulted into the highlight with the metal-framed 1927 Lovell Wellness Residence in Los Angeles and was regarded the 2nd most influential American architect following Frank Lloyd Wright when he was a Time Magazine address tale in 1949.

In 1940, the cosmopolitan de Graaffs commissioned Neutra to layout a home for their modern-day furnishings and artwork selection. Neutra picked Portland’s James Van Evera Bailey as the supervising architect.

Neutra experienced prepared for a stucco exterior, but Bailey advised cedar siding as a product that would weather the moist climate and incorporate a perception of heat, a system mastered by Northwest modernist architects Pietro Belluschi and John Yeon.

The siding change was made, the architectural press piled on praise and “the de Graaff Household strike conservative Portland like a lightning bolt,” wrote the authors of “Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon 1850-1950.”

The 6,887-sq.-foot residence was carefully oriented on its .85-acre lot to existing unobstructed mountain, city and river views.

The primary suite has a gas hearth, double bathroom and patio, one particular of four related to the dwelling and extending parts for entertaining below the stars.

There are 4 much more bedrooms, a few loos and a powder place.

A reward area more than the three-motor vehicle garage was a kindergarten in the Jan de Graaff period, stated Hasson. The basement has a workshop and two bedrooms.

The house is made up of two tax a lot: the .61-acre major lot and .25-acre next ton.

Famous Jan de Graaff House by architect Richard Neutra
Modernist architect Richard Neutra's house designed for lily hybridizer Jan de Graaff in Portland is for sale by Tracy Hasson of The Hasson Company. 1901 Comus St.
Jan de Graaff receives 1962 American Home Achievement Medal at annual flower show of Men's Garden Club of New York for "outstanding contribution to gardening enjoyment."

Jan de Graaff, proper, receives 1962 American Dwelling Accomplishment Medal at yearly flower demonstrate of Men’s Backyard garden Club of New York for “superb contribution to gardening enjoyment.”The Oregonian

Dutch-born botanist Jan de Graaff founded Oregon Bulb Farms in Gresham, wherever he launched extra lily versions than any one in the environment, setting up in 1941 with Enchantment and afterwards Stargazer lily. He was also as soon as the leading U.S. producer of daffodil and tulip bulbs.

Peggy was the granddaughter of Isidor and Ida Straus, who gave up their seats in a lifeboat and died on April 15, 1912, immediately after the gilded Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in the Atlantic Ocean.

Famous Jan de Graaff House by architect Richard Neutra
Modernist architect Richard Neutra's house designed for lily hybridizer Jan de Graaff in Portland is for sale by Tracy Hasson of The Hasson Company. 1901 Comus St.Local volunteer nurse's aides have brought national distinction to Multnomah county chapter of the Red Cross by having their names inscribed on a national honor roll at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. for giving more than 2,000 hours of service each assisting registered nurses in local military and civilian hospitals. Pictured are 7 of the 8 honored. From left, seated are Mrs. Pittock Leadbetter, chairman and Mrs. Fred Wiolson. Standing are Mrs. Allen Meier, Mrs. Raymond Jackson, Mrs. Jan De Graaff, Mrs. Fred Karlson and Mrs. Fred Grohs. Mrs. Edgar Freed, the 8th aide, who is not pictured, has more than 2000 hours to her credit.

In this undated WWII-period photograph, Peggy de Graaff, standing in the middle, was honored for helping registered nurses in armed service and civilian hospitals as a member of the Multnomah County chapter of the American Crimson Cross.The Oregonian

Peggy’s mother, Sara Straus, lived in a 12-home condominium on Manhattan’s Park Avenue. Peggy’s father, doctor Alfred Hess, investigated the nutritional value of refreshing meals and is credited in a Nobel Prize for his contributions to work to stop scurvy and rickets.

Peggy was honored by the American Pink Cross in Washington, D.C., for giving much more than 2,000 hours of assistance throughout World War II helping registered nurses in navy and civilian hospitals as a member of the organization’s Multnomah County chapter. She also served on the board of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

The de Graaffs sold their Oregon bulb business enterprise in 1968 and moved to Manhattan.

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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