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Burnside House

Ellen Fortin / Michael Tingley

Portland, Oregon
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Site Size: 5,000 square feet

Project Size: 3,000 square feet

Program: This 3,000-square-foot single-family house was built on an undeveloped lot in a dense 1920s historic neighborhood near Portland’s downtown. Though it overlooks a 31-acre city park, the site came with several major constraints: it fronts a busy street, the back quarter slopes down 20 feet, and a large 100-foot Douglas Fir requires its own space at the slope of the site.

Solution: Ellen Fortin and Michael Tingley, both architects, built their combined live-work space for $650,000. A professional architecture studio and guest apartment occupy the ground floor. The second floor contains two bedrooms and the main living space—a large single room with living, library, dining, and kitchen areas, with an outdoor terrace extending to the south. The master suite and a west-facing deck take up the third floor.

Completed in November 2010, the house, built in a high seismic zone, has a steel moment frame to support cantilevered decks and brace the primarily wood-framed structure. On the interior, the architects employed evocative regional materials, such as fir paneling and basalt stone tile.

Ellen Fortin Design + Architecture
3702 E. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214

December 2012
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