Harry McCormick House, 1909

The Harry McCormick House looks as good today as it did a hundred years ago; recent online real estate ads show its remarkable interior. Wealthy Northwest lumberman Harry McCormick build this handsome home at 2712 SE Salmon Street.

harry mccormick house 20426 1909(University of Oregon Libraries)

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19 Responses to “Harry McCormick House, 1909”

  1. Jane Says:

    This is a beautiful, sturdy home. Let’s hope it doesn’t suffer the same fate as so many others in that area and be turned into a four story, multi-plex monstrosity.

  2. Tad Says:

    Those trees have grown up to nearly obscure this house from view. Here’s a decent angle: http://goo.gl/maps/CGEFs

  3. Nancy Says:

    looking on google and it looks like the neighbors need a little fixing up….
    This picture is so clean. The house reminds me of some that were torn down in the 70’s in NW portland to put the freeway through. But they were built as duplexes and fourplexes.

  4. Nancy Says:

    The house in the background on the right is still there. It is a big craftsman foursquare at 1422 SE 28th… behind the trees. I noticed it because there is such a nice big blank space. I am wondering if he owned the land behind the house at the time. What looks like a back driveway now goes to the house behind it.
    These pictures are so fascinating!!!

  5. Ellen Dittebrandt Says:

    So the little place on the left of the home, is this the servant quarters? I noticed it is part of the neighbors place now.On another note I was ridding my bike past this home one day and I asked the home owner how big was her place. She answered me 5000 sq Feet. I just looks so massive!

  6. Tad Says:

    WOW:

    http://www.oldhousedreams.com/2011/04/12/1913-craftsman-portland-or-2/

  7. Nancy Says:

    Thank you Tad. and yea WOW!!

  8. William Says:

    I’ve been walking by this house since 1987 and was always awed by its size & beauty…thanks for a fresh perspective

  9. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    I rode past it on my bike last night on the Portland By Cycle ride. It has an “iron” fence around it. now.

  10. oldoregon Says:

    Really nice inside photos, thanks Tad! Those walls have seen a lot of coming and going over the years…

    “Last week…there were 47 permits issued…
    The most expensive building concerned is the dwelling for Harry McCormick to cost $30,000. The remainder of permits were for dwellings to cost on average $2000.”
    Oregonian, 01/24/1909, page 6

    “COMPETENT cook in family of four, plain services, regular hours, high wages, best living quarters with separate bath; references required. . Apply 844 East Salmon, corner of 27th. Sunnyside or Mount Tabor streetcars.”
    Oregonian, 09/26/1918, page 18

    “The new home … twenty-seventh and Salmon streets… of the seminary is a mansion of considerable size. It was built about 15 years ago at a cost of about $40,000. Its 16 rooms are spacious and have an atmosphere of comfort and beauty.”
    Oregonian, 2/3/1929, page 38

    “Portland Rose Lodge AMORC, Rosicrucian order, in the new lodge headquarters, 2712 S.E. Salmon street.”
    Oregonian, 2/6/1948, page 15

    “8 Bdrms – Brick
    Valuable 120×120 LOT
    Zoned for apts.-Terrific Future
    Low price – $22,500
    See 2712 SE Salmon”
    Oregonian, 09/29/1963, page 54, real estate for sale

    “Spacious Mansion Now Recovery Home For Alcoholics”
    “THIS 17-ROOM former mansion at 2712 SE Salmon St. now serves as a recovery home for alcoholics. … The men pay $18 a week for room and board at the homes, with an average length of stay being about two months.”
    Large article & good photo, Oregonian, 12/06/1965, Page 26

  11. portlandhistorygeek Says:

    If you type in the following: harry mccormick portland in Google. There is a realtor’s video with juxtoposed old photos. Kind of cool if you freeze the video. Or see if this will work:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9AhIaw38Z4

  12. Tad Says:

    great find PHG. I was interested in seeing the elevator… hoping it was one of the old manual-door open-cage style. :)

    Although I have to say that kitchen is a little underwhelming compared to the rest of the place!

  13. portlandhistorygeek Says:

    So was I Tad (Re: the elevator), I agree that the kitchen was underwhelming. The fridge doesn’t fit, and there is an odd “breakfront” that doesn’t seem to fit on the wall where it is placed. But still, incredible house that you don’t find in this neighborhood. Surely, a story there!

  14. portlandhistorygeek Says:

    Additional info, warning! my name says it all….geek.

    From what I can gather, particularly from the video I previously posted, this home was once the Western Baptist Theological Seminary (It was written above the door in one of the before and after pictures from the video).

    I thought maybe there was an error on the vid. and thought they may be confusing the western seminary that is currently located at 55th and Hawthorne, but apparently this was actually one of the first homes of the Western Seminary. And the person who is responsible for locating the Western Baptist Theological Society at this location appears to likely be Walter B. Hinson for whom Hinson Memorial Baptist Church on 20th and Salmon is named.

    here are some links:

    http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/hinson_memorial_baptist_church/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Seminary

    http://www.westernseminary.edu/admissions/history.htm

    Told you, “history geek”, it’s O.K. to tell me to be quiet!

  15. kristof Says:

    I lived at 2727 SE Yamhill, right in the neighborhood. I seem to recall this place was once (ca. 1973) a home for recovering alcoholics, or something like that.

  16. kristof Says:

    I am not surprised that trees now obscure the house. Much as I love our canopy in Portland, our trees are out of control. Hats off to Parks and Recreation for cutting some down on SW Terwilliger to give people a better view. Now if we could only take out about a dozen trees up at the Rose Garden, and a few at Pittock Mansion for the same purpose.

  17. Brian Says:

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2712-SE-Salmon-St-Portland-OR-97214/53917806_zpid/

  18. William Belner Levy Says:

    Hi everyone this house belonged to my Great-Great Grandfather William “Harry” McCormick and his wife Ida. He died in his 50’s from a heart attack while on vacation in California. They had one adopted daughter, my Great Grandmother Augusta Benta Harm McCormick. After he passed away Ida remarried, but Augusta found love in Pennsylvania. I’m one of the very few people in my family who know history on this man and of this house :-) I have some photos of them from the 1800s- turn of the century. Some of the photos are of them in the yard and in front of the house. Harry was quite the entrepreneur and achieved quite a bit by his young untimely passing. His family was from Pennsylvania and our family continued in Pennsylvania after him for the most part. If anyone should want to contact me for more information, my email is will4781@hotmail.com

  19. William Belner Levy Says:

    http://oregondigital.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/archpnw&CISOPTR=20428&CISOBOX=1&REC=8

    Here is a link to photos of the original interior. This photo shows the master bedroom, where on the right there is a photo of Harry, Ida, and Augusta that is of course over 100 years old. I have this photo in my personal collection. it is an original, and I believe the only one to exist :-)

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