A. Quincy Jones rental

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For Rent: The House That Home Built Designed by Jones & Emmons

Here is an interesting opportunity for someone in need of a rental home in a very nice close-in westside neighborhood and who appreciates architecture and design. The house has just been completely upgraded and restored in a manner sympathetic to the original house. The design of the house was by architects Jones and Emmons. A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons were well known modernist architects working in California and used extensively by the developer Joseph Eichler. I’ve always been a bit bemused by the idea that there 6 or 7 Jones houses in Portland (that I know of) and a couple of tri-plexes. Not sure what the connection to Portland was. In the case of this house however its existence is pretty straight forward. The design of the house was part of feature called “The House That Home Built” on a 1955 NBC Television show called Home which was hosted by Arlene Francis and Hugh Downs. The architects would appear on the show on a regular basis to discuss modern home design and take calls from viewers. Over the course of some months this home was designed “On Air” for the show. The National Association of Home Builders co-sponsored the program and the design plans were used in a promotional campaign where various builders in different cities around the nation built the design, held it open for the public as a demonstration house and then sold the house. This home is the one that was built in Portland. I believe the builder was Robert Strahorn who developed extensively in the Wilcox area.

newspaper advert for the home when originally built

I first became aware of this house some years ago through a Kansas City modernism enthusiast website/blog called KCMODERN. Here is a link to their original story on this program:


If you are interested in renting this house please contact Patrick at 503 890-1317

portlandmodern is not involved in managing this property and has no information on the rental terms or conditions.

  • For Rent
  • 3502 SW 57th Ave, Portland, Or 97221
  • Call or Text Patrick for rental information
  • 503 890-1317
Property Features
  • Desirable close in SW Location in Wilcox Estates Neighborhood
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 full bathrooms
  • 1730 square foot
  • .33 acre lot with lush park like setting
  • recent sympathetic restoration which was comprehensive in scope. Included: new roof, new bathrooms, new high end appliances and fixtures (Miele, Liebherr, Hans Grohe, beko)
  • Close to hiking trails; quick commute to downtown, Nike etc
  • $3500 monthly includes yard maintenance and garbage