Previous Year Home Tours
Parking will be available at the Synagog until 11am. No parking in the evening.
The hills are alive...
'The hills are alive’ in this year’s holiday home tour! Join us to usher in the holiday season with a neighborhood tradition 28 years in the making – the Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour. Your heart will sing as you tour five lovely homes across the southwest hills, while benefiting the children of Ainsworth Elementary School.
With impeccable style that has been the subject of numerous publications, the homeowners have decorated their spacious family home with tasteful antiques, cherished heirlooms and unique treasures from travels abroad. At Christmastime, the home features not one but two stunning trees inside – the largest, adorned with glittery ornaments of gold, silver, champagne, copper and glass. Natural magnolia leaves, holly sprigs and fresh-cut evergreens share the stage with beloved collections of nutcrackers and angels.
A floor plan inspired by the shape of a maple leaf … rough-hewn cedar siding with 2,000 steel bolts… a commercial-grade wall of windows that provides a stunning backdrop for a Christmas tree… This contemporary gem was designed by renowned English architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. Concrete floors, round nautical windows imported from Spain and a 12-foot marble kitchen island are only a few of the distinctly modern interior details that make the home memorable. For the holidays, the homeowners creatively decorate a huge blackboard wall, in anticipation of the residence’s December “grand opening” season.
When it was built in 1915, this classic colonial/Tudor style residence was one of the first in the neighborhood. The home’s floor plan takes full advantage of its position overlooking Washington Park, the city below, and Mt. Hood in the distance. Many original architectural features have been lovingly preserved, from detailed hand-carved moldings and leaded glass windows to the sweeping banister, rescued 100 years ago from a city stable. A collection of vintage housewares and homemade Christmas tree ornaments accent the home’s classic beauty and historical roots.
Nestled on a forested hillside, this light-filled contemporary home embraces its bucolic setting while utilizing modern materials and technology. Clean lines and pure white walls provide the backdrop for cork floors, Oregon Ash stairs, and cedar trim. Landscape architect Melissa Medeiros and her husband, a wildlife biologist, applied their talents to create whimsical trees and a clever owl clock decorating the children’s bedroom walls. At the heart of the the state-of-the art kitchen is an expansive Oregon Walnut dining table, hand crafted by the homeowners and perfect for embracing holiday entertaining.
Old Portland, Revitalized
This 1902 Colonial revival residence was rescued from a state of decay and disrepair and carefully returned to its original state in 2005. It is on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its location in the Historic Alphabet District and the prominence of its original owner, William Brewster, one of Portland’s first elected commissioners. Lovely heirlooms and antiques honor the home’s historic origins. In keeping with tradition, the family’s favorite ornaments adorn a blue spruce Christmas tree.
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