Campbell Townhouses, 1974

This lovely row of 1893 Queen Anne townhouses sits on NW Irving Street at NW 17th Avenue. The little streetside trees shown here in 1974 have matured into pretty large trees so the townhouses, also known as the Irving Street Brick Rowhouses, can be hard to see. You might get your best view during the winter months.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

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9 Responses to “Campbell Townhouses, 1974”

  1. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Boy, you weren’t kidding about that were you? Here’s a street view of what trees look like: http://g.co/maps/9zq6t I don’t get to say this very often but all the buildings in this picture are still there.

  2. Eric C Says:

    I wonder if those freshly planted trees in ’74 are the same mature trees we can see in Dave’s street view?

  3. Edmund Says:

    How wonderful that this entire Victorian-era block survives almost entirely intact to this day! I would not be at all surprised if those “freshly planted trees” are indeed the mature tree canopy that is there now.

  4. Douglas Macy Says:

    The trees in the 1974 photograph are the same ones that are there today. The houses are considerably cooler in the summer as a result. That is my orange Volkswagen in the picture. I have lived there since 1973.

  5. Paul Souders (@axoplasm) Says:

    One of my favorite Portland blocks.

    I moved to Oregon about 20 years ago (to NW Johnson about 2 blocks away). 1600-block Irving was a shady block at that time, it doesn’t *seem* to me those trees have grown as much in the last 2 decades as in their first.

  6. Brian Caughey Says:

    Vic Sabin has owned one of those townhouses for several decades and his nephew and his family live in it now, though Vic long since moved to Eugene. As i recall, Vic had a one-person public service project going, planting many, many street trees in the NW area himself. Chances are good he planted those trees.

  7. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Douglas Macy: Woah, cool!

    Is this the first time Vintage Portland has ever had someone’s personal property appear in one of the photos and had a reply from the owner (I haven’t been here long enough to know)?

  8. mark Says:

    yeah thats really cool! I’d be interested to know that, too!

  9. Kristofer Says:

    I live in the Isom White house on Everett and go out of my way to walk or ride past these exquisite townhouses on my outings. Would love to see more photos of them.

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