The Harry A. Ada Green House in Portland is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Harry A. and Ada Green House was designed by master architect Herman Brookman in 1928 for Portland furniture magnate Harry Green, second president of Doernbecher Furniture Manufacturing Co. The Green House is recognized as a premier example of Brookman’s work and one of the best expressions of the Spanish Eclectic Style in the state, exhibiting Brookman's characteristic exploration of architectural style, design ingenuity, personalization of details, and his commitment to fine craftsmanship. The 10,061 square-foot house sits on an estate encompassing three city lots abutting Laurelhurst Park. The design included all the latest modern conveniences and the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and every detail was carefully designed by Brookman – from the overall sprawling form and irregular massing of the building to the highly crafted interiors and detailed site design. Specialty craftsmen, such as master artist Iohan Konrad Tuerck, were commissioned to create the elaborate wrought-iron work, wood carvings, stone and plaster castings, and light fixtures throughout the building. Unique to this particular residence are the exotic revival details, including imported African faience tiles, Egyptian shell, leaf, and flower motifs, and Moorish patterns and forms.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination at their June 2013 meeting. More than 550 historic properties in Portland are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org
(click on “National Register” at left of page).