M. Lloyd Frank built his Fir Acres estate in 1926 on Palatine Hill in Southwest Portland. The architect of the manor house was Herman Brookman. The house opens onto a view east to Mt. Hood. Here, we look back to the house, west across the lush lawn.
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Lewis & Clark lower garden
Further east in the garden, a look back at the house shows it receding into the trees and many layers of the garden.
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Lewis & Clark - side view east along lawn path and pool
Even on a rainy day in early spring, with Mt. Hood nowhere in sight and the roses merely buds, the garden is stunning to look at.
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Lewis & Clark - lower garden terrace view south
Rough cut stone in the garden contrasts with lush, velvety lawn on certain paths not meant to be walked upon often.
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Lewis & Clark - lower garden southeast view
Steps leading to the shallow pool (here, empty), which is laid out on the axis from the Frank House to the view of Mt. Hood.
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Lewis & Clark - lower garden terrace and pergola
The garden estate tumbles down the hill in stately, graceful layers, like this colorful paved terrace that opens onto a grassy lawn.
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Lewis & Clark - garden pergola detail
The stone terrace is sheltered by a stone pergola; similar materials used throughout the garden provide an atmosphere of coherence even though the space of the garden is vast.
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Lewis & Clark - paving
Paving materials change as the garden of the Frank estate transitions to other parts of the Lewis & Clark campus, which was built around it.
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Lewis & Clark - paving detail gutter
Rough cut stone pavers form the main path and a stone gutter, with variations in cut, color, and layout creating differences within the overall similarity of materials. The "layering" creates a natural transition to the adjacent planted, mossy earth.
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Lewis & Clark - paving detail with variety of stones
Paving materials are all stone, but appropriately different shapes and color, depending on which part of the path they form: main area to be walked upon, intersecting path, visual edge, or loose pebbles adjacent to the planted area.
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Lewis & Clark - paving and planting
Paving around the College buildings are less fanciful than in the Frank House garden, but still high quality.