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Beautiful historic 1891 Irvington home where Governor George Chamberlain once lived.This elegant and stately home provides 3 floors of living space and is the perfect mix of original architectural details, grand sunlight filled rooms and stunning interiors throughout. Sitting on a private double lot surrounded by evergreens and established gardens, this home feels like a sanctuary in one of Portland’s top urban neighborhoods. A large front porch, new deck and pavers make great entertaining spaces.
Governor Chamberlain Home
This is one of the most historically significant houses in Irvington. The Governor Chamberlain Home was designed in 1891 as a classic Shingle Style Victorian by famous Portland architects Whidden and Lewis (at the time they were recent east coast transplants). The home was built for David D. Oliphant, a wealthy banker who would become the first president of the Irvington Tennis Club when it was founded in 1898. He suffered a reversal of fortune during the bank panic of 1893 and, despite signing on Frank Warren (wealthy salmon packing plant owner) as a trustee, lost the house. Sadly for Mr. Oliphant the house reverted back to the mortgage holder -- and a few years later his friend Frank Warren went down with the Titanic. During the difficult days of the 1890's financial panic, the house either sat empty or was occupied by renters. But soon it would come into its own as a center of social and political life in Portland.
In 1904, Oregon politician George Chamberlain and his wife purchased the house. They quickly made changes most notably squaring off the two bay windows in the front, making the house look more fashionably Colonial Revival in style.
Chamberlain became Governor of Oregon in 1902, and passed many vital laws in his two terms. In 1909 he was elected US Senator (winning in a contest with Harry Cake who lived just a block away) and served two terms. In 1916 Chamberlain was offered the nomination for Vice President of the United States by Woodrow Wilson. But he declined in favor of a return to Portland and his beloved house in Irvington! Governor Chamberlain's daughter, Carrie Lee, became the very first Rose Festival Queen in 1907 (Queen Flora).
The Chamberlain House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 for its connection with one of Oregon's most respected citizens