Figo House

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Figo House
Figo House.jpg
Portland State University student housing rises behind Figo House
General information
Architectural styleQueen Anne
LocationPortland, Oregon
Coordinates45°30′33″N 122°41′01″W / 45.50910°N 122.68350°W / 45.50910; -122.68350Coordinates: 45°30′33″N 122°41′01″W / 45.50910°N 122.68350°W / 45.50910; -122.68350

Figo House is a Queen Anne style house near Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The house was purchased by Portland attorney Randal Acker in 2005 as office space for his small legal practice.[1] Acker named the house after his dog, Figo, who was named after former Portuguese soccer star Luís Figo.[2]

In 2006, TriMet, Portland's mass transit authority, attempted to acquire the house through condemnation and then sell the property to the university for use as high-rise student housing. The TriMet plan was cancelled in 2008 after Acker successfully argued that eminent domain power is limited.

In 2011, Acker likened his situation to that featured in the Disney movie, Up. Later that year he arranged a Portland screening of the documentary film, Battle for Brooklyn, about Brooklyn, New York, residents fighting to save their homes from real estate developers.[3]

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  1. ^ Collins, Cliff (August–September 2009). "Last House on the Block: Randal Acker Save a Landmark – And His Office". Oregon State Bar Bulletin. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Saker, Anne (June 30, 2011). "In downtown Portland, lawyer re-creates 'Up' with lots of balloons". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Saker, Anne (October 4, 2011). "In downtown Portland, owner of Figo House sets screening of movie on N.Y. eminent domain case". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 26, 2013.