The Roscoe Hemenway House
Photo courtesy of Norman Hersom
Roscoe Hemenway House; This house is For Sale by Portland Houseworks
This masterful Georgian Colonial Revival was designed in 1951 by renowned Portland architect, Roscoe Hemenway, whose work is mostly concentrated in the Dunthorpe and other Southwest Portland neighborhoods. Initially a designer of English Cottage and Tudor Revival homes, Hemenway was commissioned for so many Colonial Revival homes that his name has become synonymous with the style.
This home has recently undergone a top-to-bottom renovation sparing no details. The entire structure has been outfitted with new wiring, plumbing, and state-of-the-art mechanical systems. A keen eye will appreciate a multitude of salvaged and restored architectural and design elements involving mill work, hardwood and marble flooring, and subtle details.
Upon passing through a stately brick entrance, guests will find themselves in the home’s foyer and instantly enveloped by the overhead grandeur of a rebuilt antique crystal chandelier. Just behind, a sweeping hardwood staircase draws the eye up to the second level landing. The foyer is punctuated by a bold and modern wallpaper installment featuring birch tree design carrying the notion of verticality beyond the balusters of the stair rail and hanging chandelier.
A spacious and bright formal living room offers views through glass-paned French doors. While a formal dining room with original built-in corner pieces and wainscoting offers another bright view to the front yard. Crossing under the stairs, guests will pass a half bath and secondary staircase on their way to the kitchen. A chef and entertainer’s dream, the kitchen is anchored by a large quartz slab eating bar and workspace that can serve a variety of functions. A stunning display of textured design can be seen as one turns to view the tile backsplash that runs from counter to ceiling along the back wall of the kitchen. A mudroom, pantry, and side entry are conveniently located in this area as well.
As guests step down to the spacious sunken family room, they’ll recognize a nod to a 1970s remodel. A private brick patio is accessible from the Northern side of the family room. On the opposing wall, a long line of uniform windows and doors stand at attention, allowing warm Southern light to stream in. Outside, a pathway through the lawn invites guests to admire the cozy fire pit and covered dining patio.
The second level boasts a private master suite, complete with two walk-in closets, a gracious bath, and direct access to the laundry. Three additional bedrooms are located upstairs, one with a private en-suite full bath, the remaining two sharing a Jack and Jill bath.
Storage and entertainment abound in the fully finished basement, where an additional bedroom and full bath can be found. A single step down will land guests in yet another bonus room space, where a fully operational wet bar can be accessed. A second bonus area has been cleverly designed into a wine cellar/game room space. Don’t be alarmed if you are rendered speechless by the amount of storage that is offered — this home is an organizer’s dream!
Drawing of the Roscoe Hemenway House by 2nd Grader, Townes Groves