A Colonial Revival house for sale in Southwest Portland could easily be mistaken for others built in one of the city’s most popular styles. Yet this century-old structure, now vibrant after decades of neglect, reflects economic ups and downs, and the high cost to save a historic building, one door at a time.

The residence at 2955 S. W. Fairview Blvd. in the Arlington Heights neighborhood was listed for sale as a teardown in November 2020. Vacant plus vandalized, “defund the police” and graffiti were spray-painted on crumbling walls. Windows were boarded up and moss and saplings grew on the soggy old roof.