Modern Portland hillside home

See how an architect brought the spirit of the outdoors into his city home

View from the top
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Brian Libby

View from the top

High on a hillside overlooking snowcapped Mt. Hood, yet just a few minutes by bike from downtown Portland, the home of architect Webster Wilson feels like a nature-lover’s oasis in this city of caffeine, rain, and indie rock. One big factor is that the four-story house hugs the eastern edge of Mt. Tabor Park, 190 acres of cedar, fir, and spruce atop an extinct volcano. Another is that, although the budget was relatively modest, Web’s design is beautifully detailed, making use of Northwestern wood inside as well as out. The result—home to him and his wife, Maya Foty, and their two daughters—is simple and modern, yet positively cozy.


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