Monday, August 5, 2013

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse/Imbrie Farm

Last Thursday my office had a summer party at the Hillsboro Hops game, but prior to the game, we had dinner at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse.

Imbrie Farm is an Italian Villa-Style home located in Hillsboro and was built by Robert Imbrie and was a working farm for over a century. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

The estate was bought and re-designed to become a McMenamins Brewpub, one of dozens in the Portland area.  Original structures on the farm include the home, a unique eightsided barn and a shed.  The property contains English chestnut and black walnut tress that have been there for over 130 years.

The Imbrie family arrived in the mid 1840's as part of Oregon's first flood of white settlers.  The family's patriarch, James Jr., was born and raised in Scotland and his two sons, James III and Robert each developed farms in Washington County.

Robert built a granary in the mid 1850's, then a decade later, built the three story, Italian Villa home that still stands today.

Robert's son, Frank took over, turned the farm into a dairy and added the eight sided barn around 1900.  Later generations of the family lived in the home, adding electricity and indoor plumbing in the 1930's.  Frank's son, transitioned the farm into grain and hay production including barley that was used in Blitz-Weinhard beer in the mid 1900's.

By the 1970's, the family had stopped agricultural activities, and in 1977 Gary (James, Jr's great great grandson) opened the Imbrie Farmstead Restaurant at the old home.

In 1986 current owner, McMenamins took over operations and turned the property into a brewpub.

The roadhouse is a unique place to visit and I would encourage you to visit when the weather is nice.  There are dozens of picnic tables on the property where you can enjoy beer/wine and burgers, wraps and salads.  Indoor seating is available at Imbrie Hall and the eight-sided barn (see above) can be rented for parties and receptions (the place is booked solid with weddings all year long).

The grounds are spectacular and in the summer evening sun, the flowers were especially beautiful!