1234 House (1234 SE 20th Ave., Portland, OR) is a six-bedroom historic structure in Southeast Portland, built in 1902, with a complete renovation underway to prepare it for a new life as a B&B/Hostel for travelers interested in a unique and creative space to call home while staying in Portland.
Since 2009 (in its gutted, wall-less state), we've hosted house shows and consider this an integral aspect of the space. Once it's up-and-running, we'll continue the tradition, with one music/food/drinks event each month.
This website exists as a Request For Proposals (RFP) to artists, woodworkers, interior designers, etc.., who would be interested in being assigned one of the 6 bedrooms to create the complete aesthetic of the room, whether that takes the form of a mural, built-in woodwork, color and texture, hand-made or found furniture, all of the above, or something we can't even fathom without your help. The room will be your blank canvass, so to speak. We'll provide the bed, but we're expecting that when your work is done, the room will be ready for someone to stay in it.
We understand that you have spent countless hours developing your art and craft, and we want to completely respect your talent and vision by compensating you for your work as best we can, given the constraints of our budget. Here's what we've come up with:
How to Apply:
If this project interests you, please send an email to
What we'd like to see included in your submission:
The more information you can provide, the better.
It's important to remember that this will be a place for travelers to stay from around the world and all walks of life, so we are looking for room designs that are first inspired, but a close second versatile enough to be inviting to a large swath of the world's populations.
We will be accepting submissions until Friday, January 10, 2014.
Once we have gathered and processed submissions, we'll invite 10-12 people who submitted over to the house to see the space and meet in person. We'll then make final decisions soon after, before February 1, 2014
The framing, plumbing and electrical work are currently in progress and expected to wrap by the end of the year. We are scheduled to install insulation and drywall around mid-January. Your role can't take place until the drywall is up and primed. We haven't made lighting-fixture etc. decisions for the bedrooms yet, so we could coordinate on that before you really get to work.
Broadly speaking, you will have between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2014 to work on the room. The room will essentially be yours during this month.
video clip provides a window into our old friend Kia Ochun's experience at 1234
House, well before renovations began, where she played her banjo at a
living room show and the next day, while meandering through the
neighborhood, came upon a book that deeply touched her
sense of Music and Art. It's worth a watch to gain context of what the
house has been so you can have a better idea of what it will become....For
additional clips of past music in the house, visit the following
YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/BearsandMolecules