In the late nineteenth century Portland’s northwest area adopted the name Slabtown when a lumber mill opened on Northrup Street. The mill’s discarded log edges or “slabwood” were stacked in front of working-class homes as they were a cheap source of heating and cooking fuel. This fourplex calls upon its early context with two volumes, or slabwood, floating on top of a solid base. Two single-story units with outdoor patios rest on the ground level, while two two-story units above offer outdoor living with views to the west hills. This building form creates a dynamic living environment with a great level of desired privacy.