Here’s one more unknown location from the City of Portland Archives. Photographed in 1967, it’s a pretty house and would look right at home in Eastmoreland or Alameda. Can this be pinpointed? Good luck.
It’s the Invancie house for sure. I grew up 2 blocks away and went to school with with his kids. In weather like this, they would sometimes douse the driveway in water to make an ice slide. Not the kind of thing a public official would do these days. Also, I’ve never heard of “Dolph Park.” We always thought we were living in Irvington.
According to the Irvington Association website the Eastern boundary of Irvington is 26th. Very close to this house but not quite. I believe the city officially lists the area where this house is at 27th as Grant Park neighborhood though I always knew it as Dolph Park because of the street sign toppers that say this.
1967 is the same year the owner of the house passed away and her estate filed in Multnomah County Probate Court. She had been a residence of Portland since 1915 and her family lived in the house for over 25 years. The Oregonian, 5/11/1967, Page 13
Oregonian Aug 17, 1975 Northwest Magazine by S.G. Radhuber: “The garden was well enough known in the gardening circles to attract the attention of Paramount Studios, which was looking for an Italian garden of a ’30s vintage in which to shoot the wedding scene of ‘The Godfather’. Camera crews visited the garden more than once to discuss the layout of the scene, but at the last minute Paramount decided to shoot the entire film in the East. Mrs. Ivancie was relieved, since she did not want all the fuss of a mob of actors and studio hands wandering around her house and garden. The commissioner was, I think mildly disappointed. I took the liberty of chiding him for missing the political axion to emerge from the incident: No politician should let a movie company film a Mafia movie in his backyard.” (Mayor 1981-85)