A serial restorer turned preservation consultant spent 20 years bringing back the 1861 Governor Curry Mansion—a tall order, as the Italian Villa in Portland, Oregon, had been added to, moved, and abused.
Just two years after Oregon gained statehood, the very year Abraham Lincoln became President, a modest Italian Villa was built in a rural area of Southwest Portland. Although it was surrounded by cow fences, the house was elegant, as it was home to George Law Curry, Oregon’s last territorial governor, and his wife, Chloe Boone, a great-granddaughter of Daniel Boone. We can imagine its towering, arching windows hung with delicate lace curtains.
Donna Pizzi, a writer and producer for film and print, co-owns Blackstone Edge Studios with the photographer Philip Clayton–Thompson. Blackstone Edge Studios is an award-winning production company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Over three decades, Donna has scouted out and written countless articles about home restoration for OHJ.
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