Old Portland / Foursquare = Same Home
Simple, strong lines characterize the great old bones of the Old Portland home, also known as a Foursquare due to the fact they have four rooms on both floors with a stairway up the middle.
Dependable and solid, this was often perceived as an American type and style. The living spaces are on the main level and include a bathroom and bedroom with additional bedrooms and a single bath on the upper level. The main floor usually houses the living spaces and one bedroom. Upstairs you will find a bathroom, and 3 to 4 bedrooms without a bathroom.
2 - 2 1/2 stories
Simple floor plan is quartered
Cube shape with 4 rooms per level, 2 deep and 2 wide
Roof often has one dormer per plane and was done in a pyramidal style
Full or partial width front porch with wide stairs
Offset front entry, though otherwise symmetrical
Large single light windows in front, otherwise double hung
6 or 8 over 1 multi-paned windows
Hipped roof with wide eaves
Cedar lap siding
1895s - 1930s
Prairie: These are very similar to Old Portland/Foursquare's, but are asymmetrical with a less steep roof line pitch and a covered porch with the front door usually being offset to the right or the left of the front porch. Stucco siding, stronger horizontal lines with banded trim and square columns.
Craftsman: Has more artisan design features like exposed rafters, built in cabinets, window seats and buffets.
Classic Cottage: is a smaller version that is usually just a single story.
Old Portland / Foursquare Homes for Sale in Portland, Oregon
These latest homes on the market were built before the 1940s and are priced at $400,000 or more.
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