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An African-American artist has stepped up to save a historic home in Northeast Portland.

OPB PHOTO - An arborist removes a tree to prepare the lot for the removal of the Mayo house and the construction of new town homes.Sacramento is a sleepy side street in Northeast Portland's Eliot neighborhood. But this week, one block was the noisy exception.

Crews were cutting down trees and clearing a path. In a few days, the house in the middle of the trees will be jacked up, put on a trailer and moved.

The home is named after its original owner, an Austrian immigrant named Martin Mayo who built it in 1895. It's in the Queen Anne style and looks like a gingerbread cottage come to life.

But a fairy tale ending wasn't always assured. Developers own the lot and plan to build 10 new townhouses here. Last year, they notified the city they were planning to tear down the Mayo house, and they got city approval for the razing.

So the city's planning and historic preservation team started looking for someone who might be willing to take the house if it could be moved.

"I thought, 'I could save the house,'" said Cleo Davis, an artist who lives just a few doors down.

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