Dunthorpe is a history-rich suburb of Portland, Oregon, made up of about 600 large wooded estates containing grand homes. This Colonial-style farmhouse dates to 1916 – the year the parklike community was developed.
Named for the original owner – a wealthy banker and business leader – the Elliott Corbett Estate is exemplary of the residential work of Whitehouse & Fouilhoux, which designed such local landmarks as the Dutch Colonial-style Waverley Country Club, the Tudor and Jacobean Revival-style University Club of Portland and Multnomah Stadium. The architectural firm was noted for its use of a variety of classical styles.
Over the years, the showplace property has been the site of charity events, political fundraisers and high-profile parties with guests including a former U.S. President, senators and professional athletes. And it has served as a more intimate space – a gathering place for family and friends.
In keeping with the lush setting, the estate is lined with evergreens. The European-style gardens are filled with roses and boxwood hedges.
A sweeping driveway leads to the portico-covered front door of the green-shuttered house. The foyer opens to a central hall that reaches a staircase. Hardwood floors unite the main rooms on the first floor.
Restored and updated to current century standards, the nearly 9,000-square-foot home blends classic and modern elements. Traditional details include pocket doors with divided light glass panels, crown moldings, French doors and wainscoting. Evidence of fine building materials can be seen throughout the house.
French doors bring light into the formal dining room, which contains one of the home’s seven fireplaces.
The vaulted-ceiling kitchen includes a center island with a cooktop, stainless appliances and a desk area.
There are two family rooms, a bonus room, five bedroom suites and seven bathrooms. The wood-clad library features an adjoining office.
More recent additions include the covered red brick terrace, accessed by French doors, and the fountain-fed swimming pool with a spa.
Mature landscaping, groomed lawns and extensive brickwork complete the nearly 2 acres of grounds.
The property is about 11 miles from Portland International Airport, six miles from downtown Portland and 2 miles from Lake Oswego.