Historic Joseph Bergman House

$ 899,000
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Contact Agent
MLS #19604772
Contact nameThe Dan Volkmer Team
Contact phone503-781-3366
Year built1885
Home area4,332 sqft
Lot Area0.11 acres
Half Baths1


Welcome to 2134 NW Hoyt, the Historic Joseph Bergman House, built in 1885. Bergman had the home relocated to its current location in 1890 – one of the city’s earliest preservation acts. He was one of the founding fathers of Temple Beth Israel. The Bergmans lived in the home for over 50 years followed by Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan.
Ben and Jerry were Portland’s earliest and most prominent collectors of old house parts – i.e. architectural elements made from stained glass, marble, cast iron, plaster, oak, mahogany, cedar, wrought iron, brass, and nickel. These elements, really art pieces in their own right, were rescued by Ben and Jerry from Portland’s demolished grand mansions and elegant commercial buildings – often while the wrecking ball, bull dozer, or the demo crew were on the scene. The idea to preserve this collection representing Portland’s rich architectural legacy was given birth, right here at 2134 NW Hoyt. This home is adorned with many of those one-of-a-kind architectural pieces; the front door knob was originally on the demolished Knapp House and documented by photographer Minor White.
This museum quality collection was the inspiration for Portland’s most prominent organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting historic preservation, The Architectural Heritage Center. While the home retains its original charm and many historic features, it will need some updating to bring it up to its full exquisite potential.  Current owners have recently installed new water line, new sewer and a decommissioned oil tank.

Located in the Historic Alphabet District, on a 5,000 SF lot with a level back yard and South exposure. Leave the car in the off-street parking spaces and wander a half block to NW 21st Avenue, a block and a half to NW 23rd or around the corner to Trader Joe’s on NW Glisan. Theaters, galleries, boutiques, groceries, café’s and fine dining are at your finger tips with a WalkScore of 98. The Pearl District’s lively scene is a few blocks further and the tree canopied lush Washington and Forest Parks are less than a mile away.