The 1908 Colonial Revival home in Portland Heights where Eleanor Roosevelt stayed is up for sale for $2.7million
If the heart of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal efforts in Oregon could only be depicted in one place, it might not be Bonneville Dam or the airport. of Portland, but the home of Oregon’s first congresswoman, Nan Wood Honeyman.
Honeyman hosted former schoolmate and longtime friend, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, at her 1908 Colonial Revival residence overlooking the city of Portland Heights. The congresswoman has socialized with national politicians and the city’s wealthiest families while working to alleviate poverty.
She supported the federal old age pension plan, loans to farmers and improved services for veterans.
She is famous for spearheading the 1933 State Constitutional Convention that repealed Prohibition on liquor, which she says benefited organized crime. She didn’t drink, but her husband, David Honeyman, had a still and a wine cellar in the basement of their house.
For the half century Nan Wood Honeyman lived at 1728 SW Prospect Dr., she served terms on the United States House of Representatives Committees for Indian Affairs, Irrigation and Reclamation, and rivers and ports.
She has also served on the board of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and served as president of the state’s League of Women Voters and director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
Honeyman was the daughter of author, Army Colonel and attorney Charles Erskine Scott (CES) Wood, perhaps Portland’s oldest, most public and effective free speech advocate.
Today, the historic David T. and Nan Wood Honeyman House, where Eleanor Roosevelt used the formal dining room as an office and slept in an upstairs bedroom, is up for sale.
The preserved mansion, with 8,635 square feet of living space, Tiffany wall sconces and leaded glass windows, is listed at $2,675,000.
“This well-maintained home is a Portland treasure,” says Suzann Baricevic Murphy of Where, Inc., who represents the sellers.
David Honeyman, the manager of his family’s Honeyman Hardware Company, purchased the 0.38 acre lot atop the first ridge of Portland Heights in 1907, the year he married Nan.
He hired his brother-in-law, architect David Chambers Lewis, to design a two-story house with a daylight attic and a full basement. Here, the Honeymans raised their three children.
During construction, mule-drawn wagons carried lumber, bricks and fixtures to the site up a steep hill, according to historians who managed to get the house listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Open the front door, which has an elliptical arch with tracery forming a sunburst, to enter the hall and see the first of seven fireplaces and the grand staircase with a carved mahogany handrail.
Pocket doors open to the living room on one side of the fireplace or to the dining room on the other side. Each of these rooms has French doors opening onto the covered porch, which is supported by six Corinthian columns.
The living room spans the entire south side of the first floor, with windows and glass doors framing the garden. Columns and ceiling beams visually divide the 40-foot-long room into three conversation groups, as explained in the National Register. Smaller versions of the columns form part of the fireplace surround at one end of the long living room.
The dining room has mahogany paneling that rises six feet from the hardwood floors.
The kitchen has been updated and the cabinets are made of an exotic South American hardwood. Nearby, the original butler’s pantry has four rows of glass cabinets and built-in drawers.
The attic with daylight has been converted into an office space. The basement, where bootleg liquor was still concealed, has been turned into a cedar-lined sauna, but the original underground wine cellar continues to store bottles at just the right temperature.
In 1967, Portland architect Richard Marlitt designed an addition to the back of the house that created a library with floor-to-ceiling windows on the first floor, a bedroom on the second floor, and a basement used as a playroom.
The house has seven bedrooms in total with five large “bedrooms” on the second floor. The two upstairs bedrooms at the front of the house each have a fireplace and share a dressing room.
Still Standing: A giant sequoia in the southwest corner of the property is believed to be one of the trees planted in the 1880s to mark the corners of the city limits.
Who is attracted to this property? Listing agent Baricevic Murphy says history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, home artists, event philanthropists, multi-generational families and “anyone who loves casual elegance.
“The list goes on because Portland is especially special,” she says, “and there’s so much to love.”
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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