Council Crest Residence is a 6,200 square foot remodel and addition located in Portland, Oregon. Completed in 2003, it was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and built by Don Tankersley Construction.

This project was a remodel and addition of a 1950’s ranch house. Originally built for inventor Karl Kurz, known for creating projectors and stereoscopic cameras, the home was originally known as “The View-Master House,” in part for the exceptional glass entry and for its notable inventor occupant.



This project is defined as much by what was kept as what was added on; the original glass entry, with its dramatic views of Portland, has been maintained. So has the scale of the home, which fit well into the rhythm of the neighborhood.


Interior ceilings were raised and floor to ceiling windows were added, dramatically expanding the range of light that reached the inner rooms. A master suite, study, and south facing deck were added. The main floor living areas were completely remodeled within the existing footprint. An upper floor was added, maintaining the original profile of the building.




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