Photography by Norman Hersom · Drawing by Derek Puppo, 5th grader.
7225 SE 32nd Avenue · Brick Colonial Revival
This home is a Better Home – one of the many homes promoted in Portland during the Better Homes movement – a nationwide campaign initiated in 1922 under President Calvin Coolidge. The Better Homes movement celebrated home ownership, maintenance, improvement and decoration in cities and towns across the country. Designed by architect R. M. Hopkins and built in 1925 by Clarence W. Michael; this brick Colonial Revival home has been a warm and elegant family home for 94 years.
In 2008, Paul and Colleen Henson were looking for a place to raise their two young boys, Conor and Sean. Colleen walked past the solid brick façade, through the round top front door, took one look around this classic home, and said, “I love it already.” Paul and Colleen got straight to work on enhancing their new 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath home with a kitchen remodel. A cramped kitchen nook was replaced by a light and open banquet space. New appliances and custom kitchen cabinets topped with soapstone brought new life and utility to the most important room in the house. A modern tile black splash complements a workhorse vintage gas stove that still gets plenty of use; especially when the Henson boys are home from college.
Paneled windows with original hardware in the sun porch bring lots of light to the living areas. A piano and wood-burning fireplace add charm and coziness to these spaces. The house is decorated with a distinctive Pacific Northwest flair and easy elegance in soft hues of gold, green, gray and blue.
An original built-in closet and dressing room are featured in the master suite, along with a darling original fireplace framed in pink tile and original millwork. The full bath brings modern comfort and style to the upstairs.
A built-in cabinet in the upstairs hallway pays tribute to the colonial era with a scroll pediment. An original metal-framed window looks out onto the spacious 7,500 square foot lot that features a tree house and a small pond.For the Henson family, this classic and comfortable home is not just a Better Home, it’s the best.