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One of Portland, Oregon’s, up-and-coming neighborhoods can thank a modern reinterpretation of a previously decrepit building for inspiring a wave of rather chic downtown development.
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  Referencing the First Presbyterian Church’s slate roof, 12 + Alder makes nice to its divine neighbor.  Photo by John Clark.
    Referencing the First Presbyterian Church’s slate roof, 12 + Alder makes nice to its divine neighbor. Photo by John Clark.
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  The door to the street boasts a graffiti-resistant paint, rendering even the most temperamental tags temporary.  Photo by John Clark.
    The door to the street boasts a graffiti-resistant paint, rendering even the most temperamental tags temporary. Photo by John Clark.
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  In the living room, a double-height window and a skylight work together to frame a view of the Victorian Gothic church just across the street.  Photo by John Clark.
    In the living room, a double-height window and a skylight work together to frame a view of the Victorian Gothic church just across the street. Photo by John Clark.
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  The most dramatic view in the apartment, the First Presbyterian Church looms large in the Kovel living room.  Photo by John Clark.
    The most dramatic view in the apartment, the First Presbyterian Church looms large in the Kovel living room. Photo by John Clark.
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  Below Kovel’s apartment is Fritts’ furniture shop, Intelligent Design, and around the corner West Enders can expect a new branch of Seattle’s Ace Hotel and the new Portland headquarters for the architecture firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca.  Photo by John Clark.
    Below Kovel’s apartment is Fritts’ furniture shop, Intelligent Design, and around the corner West Enders can expect a new branch of Seattle’s Ace Hotel and the new Portland headquarters for the architecture firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca. Photo by John Clark.
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  While the open kitchen and living room space provide ample opportunity for entertaining, perhaps as compelling is the Kovels’ surprisingly private rooftop deck. “We love to have parties over here,” says Kovel, “and sometimes we go up to the roof.” With a privacy screen vexing voyeurs to the west, and no other tall building, save the church spire, nearby, the Kovels and guests have free rein. “We have a hot tub up there,” Kovel wryly discloses.  Photo by John Clark.
    While the open kitchen and living room space provide ample opportunity for entertaining, perhaps as compelling is the Kovels’ surprisingly private rooftop deck. “We love to have parties over here,” says Kovel, “and sometimes we go up to the roof.” With a privacy screen vexing voyeurs to the west, and no other tall building, save the church spire, nearby, the Kovels and guests have free rein. “We have a hot tub up there,” Kovel wryly discloses. Photo by John Clark.
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  In lieu of a checkerboard effect, Kovel kept his carpet squares all vibrantly verdant. With the bamboo cabinets and countertops the whole space has a pastoral feel. “I wanted it to be like the Bradys’ backyard,” he says.  Photo by John Clark.
    In lieu of a checkerboard effect, Kovel kept his carpet squares all vibrantly verdant. With the bamboo cabinets and countertops the whole space has a pastoral feel. “I wanted it to be like the Bradys’ backyard,” he says. Photo by John Clark.
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  A bit of private space between the apartment and the street.  Photo by John Clark.
    A bit of private space between the apartment and the street. Photo by John Clark.

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