By Midge Pierce

A once abandoned Georgian beauty known as The Christmas House, at 5631 SE Belmont  Ave. is now fully restored and preparing to twinkle again this season. It’s a beacon to the power of one person’s dedication to preserving a piece of Portland history. 

Owner, renovator and contractor Lyrin Murphy and her business partner Steve Day will switch the holiday lights back on December 6, after tree trimming and light stringing earlier in the week by some of the 2,500 online devotees who have followed the restoration.  

After a decade of darkness, Murphy hopes the house will soon alight with community events and connections she plans to announce soon.