Before & After: A Dim, Cookie-Cutter Craftsman in Portland Now Basks in Natural Light

Local firm Beebe Skidmore was enlisted to spearhead “Operation Sunlight.”

"It was kind of a generic house, and it was dark," says architect Heidi Beebe of the 1914 craftsman in Southeast Portland that Beebe Skidmore was tapped to reconfigure. "One of their main goals was to make it lighter," she says—hence the project nickname, Operation Sunlight. The architects brought porosity to the original structure by targeting spots in the facade that could be opened up to the sun, adding expansive glass, and then opening interior walls so that light passes throughout the home. 

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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