The Rose City boasts a diverse array of architectural styles, but many neighborhoods feature one on repeat: the American Craftsman.
From their wide, covered porches to their open floor plans, Craftsman homes are pillars of Portland architecture. Let’s take a look at the story behind their rise to local popularity, the common traits that set them apart from other styles, and examples that are currently available on the market.
📐 Where did it come from?
Inspired by the British Arts and Crafts movement, Craftsman homes first sprung up in the US in the early 20th century. They heralded a distancing from Victorian architectural opulence in favor of functionality, clean lines, and natural materials. The name “American Craftsman” comes from the interior design magazine The Craftsman, in which founder Gustav Stickley published the floor plans for his New York home now credited as the prototype for the American Craftsman style.
The Craftsman craze hit Portland in 1905, lasting for about 25 years — though it’s never really gone out of style. Original examples can be found in high concentrations in Ladd’s Addition, the Irvington, Piedmont, and Sunnyside neighborhoods, and the West Hills.
🔎 Spot that style
Bungalows are sometimes considered synonymous with Craftsman architecture, but the latter is much larger. Telltale traits of a Craftsman include one or two stories, low-pitched gabled roofs with overhanging eaves, prominent fireplaces, large porches often with exposed supports, and handcrafted elements (think: carved nooks and window seats).
🏡 Love it? Live it
If you like what you’re hearing, check out some Craftsman homes on the market today.
1910 Grants Park Craftsman | $1,099,900 | 4BD, 3.5BA | 4,538 sqft | Original features, partially finished basement
1914 Montavilla Craftsman | $699,900 | 4BD, 1.5BA | 2,259 sqft | Sunroom, vintage push-button switches, heated bathroom floor
1923 Kenton Craftsman | $640,000 | 4BD, 2BA | 2,681 sqft | Original hardwood floors, soaking tub, restored original cedar siding