Whidden–Kerr House and Garden

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Whidden–Kerr House and Garden
Portland Historic Landmark[1]
Photograph of a large house with landscaped grounds
The Whidden–Kerr House and Garden in 2013
Location 11648 SW Military Lane
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°26′29″N 122°39′08″W / 45.441435°N 122.652169°W / 45.441435; -122.652169Coordinates: 45°26′29″N 122°39′08″W / 45.441435°N 122.652169°W / 45.441435; -122.652169
Area 1.19 acres (0.48 ha)[2]
Built 1901 (1901)
Architect Whidden & Lewis
Architectural style Prairie School
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 88001039
Added to NRHP October 13, 1988

The Whidden–Kerr House and Garden, also known as High Hatch Estate, is a historic property located in the unincorporated communities of Riverwood and Dunthorpe in Multnomah County, Oregon, south of Portland and north of Lake Oswego, Oregon. William M. Whidden of Whidden & Lewis designed the house in 1901, to be his own residence, and it was built the same year. Whidden and his family lived in the house until 1911, when he sold it to businessman Thomas Kerr, Sr. (1896–1925). It later passed to Kerr's son, Thomas Kerr, Jr., and ultimately remained with the Kerr family until 1987.[2]

The house is the "best expression"[2] of Prairie School architecture by Whidden & Lewis, one of Portland's most prominent architectural firms of the period. A separate carriage house, now in use as a garage, is included as a contributing feature in the historic designation. The property includes a formal garden, which was "further developed by Kerr and his wife, the former Mabel Macleay", after Kerr acquired the estate in 1911.[2] The site overlooks the Willamette River.

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2014), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved October 22, 2014 .
  2. ^ a b c d Demuth, Kimberly; Lakin, Kimberly (August 15, 1987), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Whidden-Kerr House and Garden (PDF), National Park Service, retrieved September 27, 2013 .
  3. ^ National Park Service (October 21, 1988). "Weekly List of Listed Properties: 10/10/88 through 10/14/88" (PDF). Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. p. 42. Retrieved October 22, 2014.