History is important to us. Over the years, we’ve worked on fantastic buildings like the William Barlow House and the Arts & Crafts home Wade Pipes designed for his father. As many of you know, we recently acquired a beautiful, but dilapidated, 1912 Colonial revival gem in historic Irvington. To assist us in cultivating a period-accurate landscape, we partnered with legendary landscape architect and local home historian Wallace K. Huntington. In addition to designing the landscapes of countless Portland estates, Mr. Huntington has created permanent installations in the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and The Oregon Garden, and is a member of the Architectural Heritage Society’s Board of Advisors.
We were, of course, thrilled to receive his input on our project. From advice on creating authentic Colonial-style lawns and gardens to planting the best shrubs, Mr. Huntington was a veritable font of wisdom and we were pleased when he told John “not everyone would be sensitive historically, but you have all the right instincts and that’s what’s important.” John will put those instincts to good use in the months ahead.