The historic McCamant House is shaping up to be one of the most notable old house projects of the year for Olson & Jones. The home was built in 1900 and has weathered many owners in its time. Although it maintains a fair bit of its original character, many “improvements” have been made over the years. The new owners entrusted us to bring back some of the original details that were lost, as well as introduce modern conveniences the home has never seen.
With original shutters, beautiful column details and four ornate fireplaces this project is both a challenging and inspiring home to bring up to date. Poor color and tile choices as well as Ikea light fixtures have detracted from its charm, however the original hardware and fireplace surrounds (above, not below) have given us a peek into what the house was once like!
The story of the original owner is also intriguing. Wallace McCamant was a lawyer in the Portland area who was very involved in the community and held several political offices. He was also the only person who took a chance on the then little known Calvin Coolidge and nominated him for Vice President thus shaping the history of our entire nation!
You can find out more about McCamant here.
Demolition photos will be posted in a few weeks to keep you up to date as we bring this Portland gem back to its original grandeur!