Portland Heights Real Estate Ad, 1907

We’ve seen this Portland Heights illustration before but this version is without the folds shown in the previous one. It also presents it in context of the full-page D.E. Keasey & Co. real estate ad in 1907. $550 gave you your choice of 50 lots at the time.

de keasey real estate 1907(The Oregonian. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com)

18 thoughts on “Portland Heights Real Estate Ad, 1907

  1. Apparently there was a big flood on in East Portland around this time. Sounds like they’re using it (and some huckster language) to persuade people to not buy there, but up in the heights instead.

    But the best line on the whole poster is: “…city water, gas and graded streets, not in a country where nobody lives and the dogs bark at strangers.”

    Oh no! Beware of East Portland!

  2. The ad shows the clear distinction between the east side and the west. Sadly that attitude still exist today. All one has to do is take a quick ride around SE Portland to realize how underdeveloped the roads and sidewalks are and how the neighborhoods are falling into decay.

  3. Drawn by Frederick A. Routledge (see earlier version of the adv. for more detail/discussion on him), this highlights when the observation tower was atop Portland Heights and not yet built on Council Crest. It’s cool that Routledge included some historical details that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

  4. It looks like old St. Helen’s Hall down there at 13th and Harrison.

    I wonder if the gate shown at 12th and Hall was actually built. That spot is smack in the middle of the freeway now.

    The flat site of the old city reservoir now holds an office building.

    The buyers who built on all those new, terraced streets get a nice view, but now also get a lot of freeway noise.

  5. I was wondering what that building was at 13th and Harrison. In the course of checking, I learned that the Harrison Street School was used for all public school students south of Columbia St., and was located at Fifth and Harrison. It was in use in the 1860s and burned around 1879, was rebuilt, and was demolished in the 1920s. Photo of it in Oregonian May 30, 1923, as well as in several early panoramas from Robinson Hill.

  6. OK, so the large building shown between 13th and 14th at Harrison is neither the old Harrison Street school or St. Helen’s Hall. From 1890 and until about 1914, St. Helen’s Hall was located on block 3 of Johnson’s Addition, on the south side of Park Place, fronting St. Clair Avenue. That is, one block east of Vista Avenue.

    So, what might this mystery building be?

  7. thanks, Brian – there is a detailed article in the Oregonian from 1954 about plans to replace the building with a more modern facility for the St. Helen’s Hall preschool, that lays out its various uses over the years and includes several photos. It was also the Multnomah Athletic Club’s second home.

  8. even better is his ad of may 12th – a guy jumps from a baloon and gives away a deed to some land! i didn’t see an article following this up… wonder if it really happened?

  9. t.v.-Sorry but you are the one who is incorrect; everyone else saw the map in its correct perspective and orientation.

  10. Edmund – You sure??? or just being sarcastic? (which is fine) But seriously, was the drawing flipped for any particular reason?

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