My wife and I just recently looked at a studio apartment in the apartment building just behind this on 22nd Pl. We almost took it, but weren’t quite in love with it enough to move. Wish they had left the ivy on the building (though I suppose keeping the building up is probably harder with ivy all over it).
I spent my first night in Portland at the Campbell Hill Hotel in July of 1964. A lot of seniors lived there full time on the first floor. I stayed with a friend from back east for a few weeks. He was living with his aunt and uncle who lived up on Vista. I decided to extend my stay for a few days and moved back into the Campbell Hill and ended up staying another couple of months before getting a regular apartment over in Laurelhurst, I recall the weekly rate at Cambell to be about $22.00 with full bath and maid service! What had started out as a two week vacationed ended up as an 18 month stay!
Regarding the spare tire, I think the spare tire has a mountable rim that bolts to the outside of the spoked wheel. See small eyelets. This prevented removing the entire wheel and dropping ball bearings in the dirt, at night, in the rain. Especially when you had 4 flats a month. This wouldn’t be a bad idea for bicycles too when I think about it….when you still have 4 flats a month…..
At least on a bicycle, it’s *usually* possible to just patch the tube without actually removing the whole wheel or tire, unless you have a major blowout, which is much more likely on a high-pressure racing tire than a city bike. I personally haven’t had a flat in several years on my daily bike (good tires are worth the investment!).
It looks like, under the ivy, the Hotel originally had a full width front porch. At some point, perhaps, the left half of the front porch was filled in. The infill is a different wall material. I always thought it didn’t look right. I’m sure I see a full width porch under that ivy! You can see the left-hand railing.
I do love the Campbell/Victorian, but wish that the photo didn’t cut off the Lucretia Court Apartments (the one that Adam pointed out is behind on the right in the photo). A lesser-known Jacobethan stunner by Emil Schacht– that again, at least from the outside, looks incredibly well-preserved today.