A Cabin For My Weekend! #3

Sauvie Island, Oregon.

This tiny, 540-square-foot house is in its fourth incarnation. In the early in 1940s, it was hastily erected to provide shelter to shipyard workers in Portland, Oregon, in a settlement called Vanport Village. In 1948, floods swept through Vanport and this structure was floated down the Columbia River to an island called Sauvie, where it became a station for hunters to check their geese with authorities. Finally, in 2008, it was purchased by interior designer Jessica Helgerson and her husband, who renovated it extensively without changing the footprint.

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Today, it sits on a five-acre site, accompanied by a 1,200-square-foot greenhouse, where the couple and their children grow vegetables and berries, as well as raise chickens, keep bees, and make cheese from neighboring cows and goats. Photos by Lincoln Barbour.

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A Cabin for my weekend It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for peaceful shelter, for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite...

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