Location: Portland, Oregon
The William E. Brainerd House in Portland has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The 1888 Victorian Italianate villa in the city's Mount Tabor neighborhood is one of the last remaining grand dame homes of that period. Photographs from the era show the 5,410-square-foot property next to a carriage house and a Presbyterian church, and surrounded by farmland. Built for the real estate investor and banker William E. Brainard, the four-bedroom home has many original features, like timber ceiling beams, an ornate staircase with carved railings, window seats, and fir wainscoting. It's asking $885,000.
Sadly, the kitchen is no longer the blue gingham-wallpapered gem featured in the very 1970s photos from the national registry; it has since been completely remodeled, along with the bathrooms. The spacious wooden attic, which according to old photos used to be a sweet game room with a pool table, remains the same. The home's well-wallpapered sister property, which the Brainards used as a second home, hit the market for $895K in 2010.
Here are the historic photos from the National Registry: