Architect: Francis (also "Frances") Brown (California), 1914
Although a large number of bungalows
were built in east Portland (mostly between 1900-1925), this particular example of the style is probably the best one in the city, and possibly in the entire Pacific Northwest.
It is enjoyable to visit a well-crafted bungalow with a knowledgeable woodworker, as he or she will be able to point out the degree of difficulty in wood joinery that a home like the Wilbur Reid represents, particularly in an era without power tools. For a look at how rustic, non-metal materials are used in the construction of a bungalow of this type, inspect this home's double-pitched gables, veranda roof over the carriage area in front, protruding roof beams, and shingled and stone walls. The architect, Francis Brown, was supposedly linked with Greene and Greene Architects, and it's easy to believe. The cantilevers of this roofline betray the bungalow style's Japanese influence, and all in all, the various layers of horizontal detail make this a very rich bit of architectural pastry.
Wilbur Reid was apparently taken with the many bungalows he saw in southern California on his honeymoon (the Pasadena area is particularly rife with them), and commissioned his home in the same style.