Shell designed Mid-Century Modern in Eastmoreland

Designed in 1958 by Architect Frank Shell, this one-owner, original mid-century modern home boasts post & beam construction with floor-to-ceiling windows on both levels, a 16×24 great-room with fireplace, a family room with cantilevered deck, 4 bedrooms with either balcony or garden access, 3 full baths, an easily accessed laundry area, a 2-car attached garage, and additional storage bay. Large private .25 acre lot with mature landscaping and second 17×7 ‘boat-house’ garage. Updates include: welded-seam roof w/ 6″ of insulation, double-pane windows, gas furnace.

Situated between two fantastic SE neighborhoods – Westmoreland and Woodstock – with the best schools, great nearby amenities including parks, ponds, gardens, golf, boutique shopping & restaurants. Reed College is mere blocks away and offers it’s own amenities to the community. This is truly a dream locale!

This home has quite a history – visited by some of the world’s foremost movers and shakers like Apple’s Steve Jobs, or the fashion world’s Emilio Pucci, and local politician Deborah Kafoury, et al.  The owners, Carleton Whitehead and Dorothy Blosser Whitehead were quite involved with Reed College and as Carleton was the Assistant to the President of Reed for over thirty years, had the opportunity to entertain many students and alumni whom proved to be great successes and returned throughout the years.

Son Eric recounts that Pucci stored his designs and dressed models in the home, on a visit to Reed as an Alumni.

“How did I get to my work?” Emilio joked to a crowd of Reedies during a campus visit in 1962. “Well, I’d have to admit to one great weakness—pretty girls. Maybe that’s the cause of it all.”

Mr. Whitehead, alumni himself, recalls Pucci as a student (prior to the time Whitehead became Assistant to President, or the house was built, but explains why Pucci would later visit the home).

Carleton Whitehead ’41 [administrator, 1952–83] recalled Emilio as “a social animal” who cut a wide swath on campus. “You could tell, because some women were just delighted to see him again and others wouldn’t come within 10 feet of him.”


Eric also recalls Apple’s Steve Jobs, not-quite a Reedie:

“There was one small young man once, who thought Reed was a place he should be. He didn’t enroll, but spent his days auditing classes and living in Reed’s semi-remote center, the swamp. Some professors and administrators, seeing that this was not the best course for this boy-man at the time, gathered themselves together, brought this young soul over to our house, sat him down on our couch, and with martinis all around, gently told him that what he was was searching for was not likely to be found with his current methods. This careful prodding may have been the turning point for this brilliant mind to move on to change the world.   Yep… Steve Jobs. In that house… Where we built boats…. Did our own carpentry… Fixed our own cars…”

The home set a fantastic backdrop for Matriarch Dorothy’s career as well, working with students from all over the community.  Dorothy was a groundbreaking educator in the eradication of Dyslexia, having pioneered the Orton-Gillingham Approach since 1965 and founding the Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources.  Having moved here from a newly built MCM in LA’s Pallisades area, she and Carleton worked with Frank Shell (also architect of Reed’s Cross Canyon Dormitory)  to design a ‘California-Style’ Contemporary based on their love of Northern Californian architecture, and made 3035 SE Martins St their home since 1958, raising three children there.

The Whitehead home is full of dreams and memories. She wishes now to pass it on to someone who will appreciate it’s modern minimalist design and enjoy it as much as they have.

3035 SE Martins St. Portland, OR 97202
4 beds, 3 baths, 2284 sqft, $605,000.

*SOLD 6/13/2014* $595,000.

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