Brimming with love, laughter, history, and art, more than just the walls of the Scadding Home speak. From it’s prominence on Elm Street to the secret gardens that lie behind, the exterior of the home perfectly marries architecture of the 1900’s with modern design and living. The steeply pitched gable roofs, embellished doorways, groupings of leaded-glass windows, and decorative half-timbering, began life in 1911 as the home of Reverend Charles Scadding, Oregon’s first Episcopal Bishop. The lush lawn and gardens that once served parishioners are now lovely living, dining and play spaces able to accommodate anything from a quaint cocktail party to a sit-down dinner for 20 and even a family soccer or football game.
Much like the double lot that the home occupies, the four-story, almost 8900 square foot home lives large, yet each room maintains a unique intimacy. The front vestibule leads to a grand entrance with access to the library, office, living room, dining room, mudroom, kitchen, and garden. History can readily be found in the first-floor Chapel room that now serves as an office. Orginal carved wood doors, gothic chandelier, original stained glass windows and domed plaster and half-timbered ceilings adorn this space that sits tucked behind the home’s library.
Early 20th-century architectural details present themselves in the richly stained, carved staircase, fireplace decorations on the lower level in the library, living room and dining room, high ceilings, leaded windows and ornate moldings that run throughout. Both modern and charming, the kitchen boasts honed granite countertops, marble floors, new cabinetry that perfectly blends with the original cabinetry from what was once the butler's pantry.
Boasting 5 bedrooms in total with 4 full and 3 half bathrooms, three bedrooms are located on the 2nd floor, each with ensuite bathrooms, two with fireplaces and all light filled. Rich custom cabinetry for two of the three walk-in closets that sit next to the master bedroom have been carefully crafted to blend in with the homes original character as has the master bathroom with marble detail running the lengths of the counters and walls of the oversized modern shower. An understated elegance exists as the eye wanders around this second-floor with walls of large contemporary art, period details in door hardware and light fixtures and then to the lush backyard which can be enjoyed from the reading nook at the midway point of the staircase.
The fourth floor leaves nothing to be desired from two guest bedrooms, one with a lovely sitting area, full shared bath to perhaps the pièce de résistance- an indoor playroom, complete with theatre stage, pool table,full-sized play structure with swings, fort, and slide. Nestled in the rear corner of the fourth floor, the home theater and game room continue the theme of unexpected pleasures found in this Portland Heights home.
The lower level of the home offers the added bonus of a custom wine cellar, tasting nook, art room, workshop, high ceilings, large windows, direct access to the backyard and ample storage. Truly a masterpiece that has been loved by its current owners for over ten years.