Old Crosby House, 1910

The “Old Crosby House” was the first frame residence in Portland. According to “The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912″ this “first palatial residence in the new city” was built by Captain Nathaniel Crosby in 1847 on the southwest corner of 1st and Washington. It was later moved to this location on the east side of 4th Avenue between Yamhill and Taylor Streets. That location today is approximately the exit of the parking garage on that site.

(City of Portland Archives)

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6 Responses to “Old Crosby House, 1910”

  1. Jim Says:

    The same area 22 years later. Had it survived, the Crosby house would have been on the right side of Dan’s previous post.


  2. Jim Says:

    Correction: 29 years later. I’d originally thought the linked photo had a date of 1932.

  3. Dave Says:

    It’s a shame how often you see those words – something like “that was just about where the entrance to the car park now sits,” or “that was demolished in 19___ to make way for a car park.”

    Even Eddie Izzard, as part of his comedy routine, makes a comment on how we tear our history down in the U.S. in order to build carparks :)

  4. Jim Says:

    Editing my first post to add: way, way to the right of Dan’s previous post. Like, just beyond the scope of the camera’s viewfinder. (0_0)

    Holidays gots me frazzled. That and posting comments before I’m fully awake.

  5. Bart Says:

    Per: “Classic houses of Portland Oregon 1850-1950″ The Crosby house was one of the only two plastered interiors in Portland at the time it was built (lime for plaster had to come from the Hawiian Islands). The framing lumber was milled locally but all the finish materials, trim and siding were shipped from the east coast. I believe the building cost was around $17,000. Several hundred thousand in todays currency.

  6. Allen Says:

    Well, with me being a Crosby how do I lay claim to Uncle Nathan’s property.

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