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Bishop’s Close and its Elk Rock Garden for sale at $4.5 million

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For over 60 years, people were allowed to walk around gracefully Bishop’s Close Garden in elcroc, Overlooking the Willamette River It’s located in the expensive Dunthorpe suburb of Portland.

of Gated propertyis considered one of The oldest private garden in the Pacific Northwestdonated by the Carr family Bishop of Oregon 1959, and under the care of volunteers and non-profit guidance garden conservancy.

November 17th, almost 9 acres of land Planned by one of the famous Olmsted Brothers landscape architects, it wowed longtime visitors who appreciated the daily public opening to the historic English garden.

the desired price of 11800 S. Military Lane: $4.5 million.

according to Friends of Elk Rock Gardenthe Carr family donation of a private residence after the death of patriarch Peter Carr in 1957 included the public magnolia walkscenic fish pond Rare native and non-native trees, shrubs and plants selected by businessmen 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition.

listed agent Cathy Hall Representing the Anglican Diocese in the sale of Cascade Husson Sotheby’s International Realty, it says the Carr family has the initial right to purchase the property.

Hall said he’s been getting inquiries from developers, people interested in private property, and people drawn to the property, which consists of four residential tax lots.

“There’s nothing quite like it on the Portland subway,” said Kathy Hall, who shares the list. Kevin Hallalso of Cascade Husson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Cathy Hall told Oregon/Oregon Live that for many years the parish has opened the garden to the public and held church gatherings and retreats here. , has been used as a parish office since Carr’s donation.

“There are no terms offered to potential buyers,” Hall said of access.

“Selling this property was not an easy decision, but the maintenance costs are very high and the sprawling physical layout doesn’t help our staff work together,” Hall said. Story’s role is to be involved in the communities it serves, which is less accessible to parish members.”

The property’s description says it can either “develop” a “unparalleled lot” to be sold for the first time, “restore” the main building to “its original splendor,” or allow new owners to “create a custom vision.” says.

of Friends of Elk Rock Gardenwas formed in 1994 to protect, preserve and perpetuate gardens, along with the Elk Rock Garden Foundation, but did not respond to emails seeking comment.

on social media Pacific Northwest Gardening Facebook Group Post Sharing the list generated strong reactions and nearly 200 comments as people remembered visiting the beloved botanical garden.

A path in the cascade segment of Elk Rock Gardens at Bishop’s Close in Dunthorpe, Oregon near Portland. The view is to the west.fine teeth

The estate of Elk Rock was developed by Peter Kerr, who left his native Scotland to work for his uncle’s importer in London and arrived in Portland in 1888. When he was 26, his partner Patrick He founded a grain exporter with Gifford.

In the early 1890s, Carr, along with his brothers Thomas and Gifford, purchased a five-acre parcel called Elk Rock, named after the cliffs above the river.

Historians write that the three singles formed the Cliff Cottage Club and lived in a Queen Anne-style cottage on the eastern edge of the escarpment. Eileen Fitzsimmons in the Digital Encyclopedia of the Oregon Historical Society.

After his brother and business partner moved out, Peter Kerr bought the property and married Laurie King in 1905.They lived in Cliff’s cottage with his two daughters and purchased the adjacent land. Expand the parcel to 13.38 acres.

1909, Carr is based in New York John C. Olmstedare the second generation of a family of landscape architects who pushed park systems in early city planning, creating urban greenways from New York City to Portland.

John Olmsted, founding member and first president American Landscape Architects Association, suggested the layout of the garden. Carr also hired Portland parks manager Emmanuel T. Michele to recommend a planting plan.

A dedicated amateur landscaper, Carr installed plants from his travels, Northwest trees and shrubs, and colorful annuals. Today, experts consider his work one of his finest gardens in the Northwest.

Around 1914, the couple hired Portland architect Ellis F. Lawrence (founder of the University of Oregon School of Architecture) to design a Scottish-style mansion at the foot of the hill.

Most of the other materials such as the floor plan, woodwork and stucco exterior remain original. The chapel, which was added in the 1980s, has a 100-year-old pipe organ.

With 9,516 square feet of space, the mansion has windows that frame Mount Hood and the river. The interior has high ceilings and hardwood floors. The apartment is above a 2 car garage.

Carr died at the age of 95, and the house and garden were gifted to him by his daughters, Anne Macdonald and Jane Pratt. Bishop of Oregon Together with funds for the care and maintenance of the garden.

An archived Episcopalian website said the gift came After agreeing to open the garden to visitors.

The diocese called this garden “Elk Rock Gardens at Bishop’s Close” A “close” is an enclosed area around a church or sacred space that provides a place of tranquility and meditation.

In 1994, the Elk Rock Garden Foundation and Friends of Elk Rock Gardens were established and the mission of the volunteers is to:

  • Preserve the historic Elk Rock Garden as a private English garden open to the public
  • Protect its collection of rare and rare plants and its tranquil character
  • Perpetuate the garden created by Peter Carr for future generations to enjoy.

map of estate prepared by Friends of the Elk Rock Garden include point in the river, fish pond, cascade, rock garden similarly magnolia walk, spring walkMt. Hood’s perspective, turn aroundWhen cliff cottage area plus South When north lawn with manners chapel garden.

south of the residential area 3.3 acres of Portland City Park The Carr family donated it in 1955. The land includes natural habitat and part of his 1,200-foot railroad tunnel through Elk Rock. Willamette Shore Trolley.

Peter Kerr Donates 13 Acres Elk Rock Island, 1940, across the river from the estate. In Milwaukee City Park, spring park.

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | | @janeteastman

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