Owen Gabbert, LLC conceived of the third unit in the backyard of the Mississippi Duplex as a way to maximize underutilized space, add density without demolition, and engage the alley. In addition to arranging the financing, we led and managed a complex permitting process, before completing construction as the general contractor. Throughout the project we implemented green strategies and features into a design that blends architectural history with modern technology.
We see this unit as a case study for projects that front the alleys that run through multiple Portland neighborhoods, rather than turning away, in an effort to explore alternative forms of infill and density inspired by Laneway Houses in Vancouver.
Development Team: Owen Gabbert, LLC
Designer: Kai Yonezawa
Contractor: Owen Gabbert, LLC
Engineer: Madden & Baughman
Finance Partner: Albina Community Bank
Photographers & Stylists: Kate Richard & Jenny Trygg