About Brian Libby

Brian Libby
Brian Libby is a Portland-based architecture writer who has previously contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, The Atlantic, Dwell, Architectural Record and Metropolis, among many others. He also writes the Portland Architecture blog and is an accomplished photographer and filmmaker.



Posts by Brian Libby...


Opportunity Knocks: A Workshop for ADUs and Living Space Conversions

Posted on: 25 Sep 2019

Like nearly every large American city, Portland possesses a large stock of historic homes dating to the early 20th century and in some cases even the late 19th century. These homes were built largely in neighborhoods that were conceived before automobiles became prevalent. Here in Portland, these relatively close-in neighborhoods are often called “streetcar suburbs,” because of how a vast network of streetcars and trolleys once served residents who lacked […]

An Alameda Ideal

Posted on: 19 Nov 2018

The Henry-Gonzalez residence was a renovation opportunity its owners couldn’t pass up.
As the autumn leaves turn color and fall from the trees, and we turn our attention to the holidays with their family gatherings, it’s hard not to look at the fully renovated Henry-Gonzalez house and want to step inside for a warm beverage. With an exceptional array of architectural features and popping with color, this place is ideal for entertaining or for just getting cozy.

An Irvington Revival

Posted on: 31 Oct 2018

Just in time for Halloween comes a story of black cats and a resurrected old house. Well, maybe that’s stretching things a little. But amidst this gorgeous remodel, there is at least some cat-themed wallpaper to discuss.