Henry W. Corbett House, 1931

When Henry W. Corbett built this fine home in 1875 he probably never dreamed that his bucolic block would be crowded out 50 years later. This fantastic view of his home looks northeast at SW 6th and Taylor Street. The Pacific Building was constructed on the north half of the block in 1926 and the house would be demolished in the mid-1930s to make way for the Greyhound Bus Depot. Thanks once again to Bud Holland for sending in another masterpiece.

corbett mansion 1931(Bud Holland)

11 thoughts on “Henry W. Corbett House, 1931

  1. Interesting photo.. I believe this house was mentioned in one of Kimbark MacColl’s books as being a favorite to photograph by tourists. Apparently Mrs. Corbett kept a cow on the property till late in life. Thanks, Bud!

  2. Very interesting juxtaposition of the new taking over the old. It is very unfortunate that none of the first generation of Portland’s grand houses survived, because they were built in the area destined for the center of the city.

  3. Great photo. I’ve never seen such a detailed shot of the carriage house before. I always found it strange that the second Mrs. Corbett sold the north half of the block and lived with the Pacific building outside her windows for 10 years. Guess the money was too good to pass up. When she pastured her cow on the lawn it was referred to as “The million dollar cow pasture”. When a very elderly women she built a new house in Dunthorpe.

  4. Wasn’t the depot demolished in the late 1980’s or early 90’s? I believe it sat vacant for quite awhile before being demolished as they had built the new one across from the train station.

    Does anyone else remember how seedy that Greyhound station was? I remember those rows of chairs with the built-on black and white TV’s which gave you about 5 minutes of crappy viewing for a quarter. The new bus station is like the Taj Mahal compared to the old one lol.

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