Lived in Portland for nearly all my life and often drove past this beautiful old home without ever visiting. When my dear friend came from Germany for a week during the Holidays I thought this was the perfect opportunity. We were not dissappointed! I found the ticket reasonable when one considers how much it cost to renovate a home of this scale- while maintaining the historical integrity. Just one look at what they accomplished in the 'Turkish smoking room" was enough to validate. Those fabics and the trim, tassles, upholstery- amazing. I can't wait to visit again and watch the progress. I will go again when they reopen in the spring - so I may see it with out the holiday greenery. Perhaps there are some old photos dipicting the run down state it had been and the major renovations done to date.
The Docents were very knowlegable and were able to answer all the questions I had at the time. To think it had been without a roof due to a hurrican in the early part of the last century. They have repaired so much but there is still more to do.
Lovely little gift shop as well.
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