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The Magnificent Mackenzie House

Jack Bookwalter photo.

The magnificent 1892 Dr. K.A.J. and Cora Mackenzie House in Northwest Portland, Oregon.

The architectural firm of McCaw & Martin designed the house in a combination of Richardsonian Romanesque and Shingle Style with the first story, tower, and chimneys built of rusticated Tenino stone and the upper stories finished with slate shingles.

Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson developed his Victorian era take on the 11th and 12th century Romanesque architecture of southern France, Spain and Italy in the 1870s. He worked in the style until his early death in 1886 and others continued using it into the early 20th century. Richardson also worked in the Shingle Style, which used similar forms clad in wood shingle.

Homes in the style tend to be large and built of brick or stone, often with carved ornament. Broad arches are a characteristic feature of the style as seen on this house.

Romanesque Revival and Shingle Style are two of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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