Henry W. Corbett House, 1910

When Oregon pioneer Henry W. Corbett build his 1874 home on the block bounded by SW 5th and 6th Avenues, Yamhill and Taylor streets, he was far from the business center of Portland, then in the 1st and Pine area. The city center moved progressively southwest; in the mid-1930s his home was demolished to make way for the Greyhound bus depot. This view looks west from 5th with the old YMCA building in the background across 6th Avenue.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

One thought on “Henry W. Corbett House, 1910

  1. In the 1920’s Mrs. Corbett used the side lawn to pasture a cow. Wags around town named it “The millon dollar cow pasture”. Later she sold that part of the block and the Power and light building was put up. She finally built a new house in Dunthorpe and moved from this one in 1936. Mr. Corbett’s brother in-law and business partner Henry Failing also had a large mansion next door which stood until 1925.

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