1892 Queen Anne – Portland, OR – $1,500,000

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Added to OHD on 2/14/18 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 38 Comments
3040 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

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The Poulsen House is a breathtaking example of the NW's take on the Queen Anne style, and one of Portland's longest standing landmarks. Constructed in 1892 by Portland lumber tycoon, Johan Poulsen, the home towers above the city and offers a one of a kind panoramic view from it's iconic turret. Zoned GC/Current used as offices. This is your chance to put your mark on history and own one of Portland's most iconic properties.
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Seth Prickett, Legacy Real Estate      971-226-7980
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38 Comments on 1892 Queen Anne – Portland, OR – $1,500,000

  1. Thanks to the owner for sharing with us.

    Take a look at the Poulsen House website, linked up top, for many more photos.

    In case you were wondering, yes, this was on the site a while ago. 🙂

    • If I’m not mistaken, I believe that is a speaking tube – a very cool feature!!

    • My grandfather was a Dr and his house had these in them. The night nurse would use it to call him during the night if there was an issue with any of the patients that were there. Very cool. My grandmother used to hide jelly beans in them at Easter time. I can only imagine how many fell down in the tube!!

  2. This house is gorgeous but unfortunately it’s right next to a freeway off-ramp.

      • Or sitting on the balcony in the dark of the night watching the lights of the cars, city and water. I get the feels just thinking about it!

    • Close, but not exactly freeways. It’s on the corner of Grand and Powell Avenues, and there is an onramp from Grand to Powell right in front of the house – separated by a cement barrier. I’ve been in this house and you’d be surprised how insulated it is from the busy streets – and you have an extraordinary view of the river and downtown. Nonetheless, it is a very bust intersection.

      • Noise canceling windows have been installed around the house, keeping the interior peaceful.

  3. Love the beautifully carved mantels and that little nook with the leaded, beveled glass windows.

  4. I’m sadly lacking in technical terminology: What would you call that porch in the turret? Whatever it is, that’s my favorite feature. I would go and sit there when it’s raining.

    • I’m with you on that Bethster. Just imagine a glass of cabernet and a lap blanket. Ahhh….

    • Yes! There is something so cozy about being just out of reach of a big rainstorm. And it’s fun if you can watch it approaching. Ahh…I want to be there now….

      • I’ve also heard the informal term “Romeo & Juliet” porch used to describe open tower or turret porches. I’ve seen a few of them first hand and almost universally they have panoramic views of the surrounding terrain. They were part of the Medieval romanticism of the Queen Anne style. (as well as occasionally homes built in Romanesque and Shingle Style.

        • Thanks, guys. John, I haven’t heard that term, Romeo and Juliet porch—but I have seen what they call Juliet balconies on the interiors of homes! I always like the look of those.

  5. Amazing house but what happened to the street views? I loved seeing the surrounding neighborhoods.

  6. This is a jaw dropping house. If I lived there I’d get nothing done. I’d be up in that third floor porch with my music, a ciggy, and a diet coke.

  7. I wish there were pictures from the house looking out to the surrounding area when it was first built, and before the freeway

  8. Nice article by Dan Haneckow; thanks for sharing, Fern. As noted, there was a twin towered Queen Anne (the Inman House) right across from the Poulsen House and it was demolished for no better reason than the fact that it belonged to an architectural order no longer in style in the 20th century. I have a copy of the late Portland author and photographer Lambert Florin’s Victorian West where he wrote that he was saddened by the losses of Portland’s 19th century architectural legacy. But the Poulsen House is still around to provide us with a glimpse of the City’s architectural past. In Florin’s book, I noticed the Egyptian Revival summer cover on one of the mantel’s back in the 1970’s. Nice to see its still there. It’s a small miracle that this house also wasn’t lost to “progress” as so many others were. The legendary C. M. Forbes House was another landmark mansion torn down in 1929 but in sheer opulence, it rivaled any mansion ever built on the West Coast. Former PBS host Bob Villa shares a photo of it under houses that should have never been demolished: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/16-iconic-american-homes-torn-down-before-their-time-50540/c-m-forbes-mansion-portland-or#.WoXce3xryUk In summary, the Poulsen House is one of the last of its kind and despite its steep (but not for the Portland market) price, it is literally priceless. I hope the next owner continues the meticulous maintenance seen in the mansion’s rooms.

  9. Due to its location John, I’m surprised too that it’s survived. Portland is growing exponentially and I’m afraid many significant properties may end up razed.
    I’ve driven by it and it IS magnificent. When I see homes like this, part of me longs to be in that time, (perhaps in my imagination) a simpler time. The artistic beauty of it is breathtaking.

  10. There was an identical house across the street built for Poulsen’s business partner, Robert D. Inman. Rather than building a mirror image, the plan was rotated with the turret facing away from the river. The house was demolished in 1958 for a parking lot. On this blog post, there’s a very early photo of the Inman house (halfway down) which shows original details and a period paint scheme.

  11. I squealed when I saw this one.

    I absolutely love this house. Everything about it. If I could only be filthy rich I would have a real estate portfolio of historic homes. Mainly because I wouldn’t be able to choose just one. I do believe I could be perfectly happy owning this one alone, however.

  12. I remember this house as a kid in the 1970’s . It was painted dark gray with hot pink trim and was in bad shape. Truly ugly.

  13. I’m gobsmacked. Such beauty in every room, such preserved craftmanship. Incredible!

  14. Someone please explain the roof of the ….. garage? What is going on in that picture please?

    • I was wondering about the same thing. It doesn’t appear to have a roof.
      Doesn’t really bother me, it’s just curious. I LOVE this house, that balcony porch is just lovely and cozy!

  15. I used to drive past this house every day on my way back and forth to work in downtown Portland.This house was rescued from demolition by lawyers who restored it and set up their law offices there. It is fabulous and has a commanding view of the Willamette River and city of Portland looking west across the river. It is set up high above the road with a street level garage entrance and is truly “above it all.” The neighborhood is mixed commercial/residential. This location offers great access to the entire Portland city area.


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