Walter Brewer and his wife were among the thousands of easterners who made their way to Portland for the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. What they saw, they liked. They soon returned to Oregon to found the Sutherland & Brewer Logging Company and other businesses. By 1909, they could afford a fine home in the booming up-scale suburb of Irvington, and they bought this newly constructed home from the prolific Portland architect and builder P.A. Carlander. Carlander had already established a reputation for fine homes built in Piedmont, Willamette Heights and Holladay Park.
Sometime in the 1920's, Brewer moved his lumber business to Louisiana, and by the 1950's, the home belonged to the Central Lutheran Church next door, for which it served as a parsonage. By the early 1990's the home was no longer owned by the Church and had fallen into disrepair. Fortunately, a couple from Chicago with a keen eye for hidden value and excellent restoration skills set about restoring the home to its original grandeur.
During the renovation, they attended to every detail whild adding their own touches, such as the transformation of one of the second floor porches into a master bedroom and bath. The also expanded the kitchen and added a half bath on the main floor. All of this work was done seamlessly, so there is no indication that the house has been expanded or remodelled.