Welcome to 2134 NW Hoyt, the Historic Joseph Bergman House. 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. Generations of 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 & architectural elements that were really art pieces in their own right. These artifacts were rescued 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 is similar to one photographer Minor White photographed at the Richard B. Knapp house—likely from a set in the home as the mortise and strike plate bear same basket weave and sun motif.
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.
Current owners are Rae and Mark Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art. Both nationally renowned artists, Rae’s work is represented in private, corporate, and public collections coast to coast. Mark’s limited fine art prints showcase the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, and Dale Chihuly through relief printing, lithography, intaglio and monotype processes. Rae and Mark have lived here and maintained studios within these walls, ensuring the legacy of these artists and the lost art of printmaking lives on.
This Italianate landmark home has been a sanctuary and a refuge for the preservation of history, the creation of art, and appreciation of beauty for over a century, and is ready for the next chapter and new stewards to continue the legacy.
Property Highlights & Details for 2134 NW Hoyt Street
¨ Built in 1885 – moved to current location in 1890 by Joseph Bergman. On the National Historic Register.
¨ Original location at SW 15th and Alder, built for land claimant Amos King who developed the Historic King’s Hill Neighborhood, adjacent to Washington Park – part of his original land claim.
¨ 4 bedrooms and 1 & 1/2 baths
¨ 4,332 total square feet
¨ The front porch is arcaded by classic square columns with chamfered corners, bracketed eaves, and Eastlake style carved panels. The mansard-style porch roof is crowned with carved details. A set of double doors with inset arched glass and spandrels, Victorian hardware and a transom window lead to the foyer. The front porch light has served as a nest and nursery for many generations of the neighborhood robins.
¨ Central foyer with fir floors and ornate staircase with original newel post, balustrades and carved skirting. Half bath located under staircase.
¨ Front Parlor/Living room: this room is grand with 12’ 4” ceilings, a bay window with arched windows—trimmed in Jerry’s faux-bois and signed, plaster cornice – original, and a plaster ceiling medallion recreated by Ben and Jerry from a lost Portland mansion. Pocket doors open to the back parlor/family room.
¨ Back parlor/family room has a slate fireplace with intricate stylized faux-marbling, originally coal-burning– chimney is capped off so fireplace is decorative.
¨ Dining room with a bay window with arched-glass inset spandrel windows, oak bookshelves and extra deep base molding. The ceiling is adorned with a plaster reproduction from one of Ben and Jerry’s casts.
¨ Kitchen is spacious and finished with classic, utilitarian finishes: oak cupboards, subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances, and open spacious layout allows room for a breakfast table or island. The exposed brick shows history of when the house was heated with coal and wood stoves. The original back staircase to the 2nd floor is still intact. There is also access to the basement for laundry. The butler’s pantry makes storing dishes and extra appliances a treat in the beautiful original glass-front cupboards, drawers and flour/grain bins. The hand-painted faux-bois finish in a blonde oak, is likely original. A big window with South light is perfect for starting an herb garden.
¨ The upstairs offers 4 generous sized bedrooms, all with 12’ high ceilings, tall windows and either painted or unpainted old-growth fir floors. The doors are five-panel with a transom window over each of them. The central hall is a perfect place for displaying an art collection.
¨ The largest of the bedrooms, in the NW Corner, has a reading nook. The current owners have architectural plans to add a master bath and a skylight in the upstairs landing.
¨ Old-growth fir floors in all rooms except the kitchen. Some board lengths are as long as 16 feet
¨ Front yard is set within a basalt wall, trimmed with a historic wrought-iron fence from New Orleans and planted with mature rhododendrons, roses, Japanese maple, wisteria, acanthus, dracunculus vulgaris, sword leaf fern, and a wood trillium.
¨ The back yard is level and fenced with South exposure – perfect for growing a garden, barbecuing or entertaining with direct access off the kitchen. Convenient access to the basement makes bringing in equipment, gear and tools ideal for off-season storage.
¨ The unfinished basement is big and spacious with high ceilings, windows and a door to the back yard.
¨ New water line from street and updated plumbing in 2010
¨ New sewer line going in as of July 2019
¨ Clear-grain cedar shiplap siding
¨ Off-street parking for 2 cars
¨ 5,000 square foot lot (approx.)
¨ 2018-19 Property Taxes $11,229
¨ Served by Chapman, West Sylvan and Lincoln Schools
¨ RMLS #19604772
¨ Located in the Historic Alphabet District, on a tree-lined street with dotted with a cornucopia of architectural styles. Leave the car in the 2 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, cafés 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.