Prairie Style Home- NE Portland, Irvington Neighborhood
The Spies-Robinson House, 1922
Architect: Orlo R. W. Hossack
Style: A Classic Example of Prairie Style Architecture
2424 NE 17th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
National Register #97000583, added in 1997
This architecturally dramatic Prairie Style house was placed on the National Register both for the importance of its design, but also for the significant contributions to the community of its third owners, David and Edna Robinson. As a Prairie Style home, this is one of an estimated 35 such houses built in Portland in the first half of the 20th Century, and this is one of the most strikingly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the only all-brick home -- linking its design closely to its antecedents in Illinois. And early owner David Robinson was noted as an early champion of human rights in Portland, distinguishing himself as the city's first Public Defender and the founder of the city's Anti-Defamation League.