Weird Homes Tour – Portland
To say Larry Cross is passionate about sustainable and accessible design would be an understatement.
For many years, Larry spent his time hiking and enjoying nature, especially Yosemite National Park. But the onset of osteoporosis forced him to rethink how he should live with limited mobility. So when he bought his fixer upper, he used Universal Design principles to create a home that is not only beautiful but also completely accessible.
His garden serves as an excellent example of this design principle. He describes it as a “fragrant Matisse Sculpture Park.” Not only can those in wheelchairs enjoy the space, but Larry even uses fragrant flowers and waterfalls for those with limited hearing.
The home serves as a beautiful colorful display of Cross’ sub-Saharan African art collection. And the home is not only accessible but incredibly sustainable as well. Whenever possible, Larry reused existing and upcycled materials up. The four free range chickens provide natural fertilizer and the best tasting eggs Cross has ever had.
So don’t miss this home. Larry will inspire you to rethink how you might evolve as you age. Limited mobility doesn’t mean limited beauty.