Gladsheim Sanitarium, 1929

Dr. Ella K. Dearborn turned her “well known Union Avenue residence” into the Gladsheim Sanitarium in 1915, according to The Oregonian. 800 Union Avenue back in 1929 is now 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and this building, with a highly modified facade, still stands between NE Beech and Failing Streets.

A2009-009.1007 3802 NE Union 1929(City of Portland Archives)

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9 Responses to “Gladsheim Sanitarium, 1929”

  1. lefty Says:

    Dr Ella K. Dearborn and her 2,460 spoons…


  2. Ian Says:

    Helping to keep Portland ‘weird’ since the 1920’s!

  3. joan Says:

    Wow-great, but a little scary.

  4. lefty Says:

    If you want scary, google up “Ella K. Dearborn eugenics” and click through a few entries. She advocated euthanasia of “criminals, degenerates and the insane”, and also endorsed “teaching Birth Control, thus limiting the unfit.” And “Sterilize those not fitted to propagate” All part of her plan of “racial uplift” apparently based there at the Gladsheim Sanitarium.

    When she wasn’t collecting spoons, of course.

  5. Greg Says:

    Here is what it looks like today. And here is another look at it then

  6. Mike G Says:

    Home of neighborhood eugenics……ah, the good old days. Some things are better off in the past!

  7. mark Says:

    that place has definitely changed a lot! used to be a nice looking house

  8. Doug K Says:

    It looks like the number man presaged a street widening, as the sidewalk seems now a lot closer to the house. The steps had to be turned sideways to fit.

  9. Ian Says:

    There’s someone in the second floor window on the right.

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