Real estate businessman W.M. Killingsworth platted the Walnut Park addition to Portland in 1905. 80 acres were divided into 400 lots and deeds stated only residential buildings would be built. He built this fine home for himself facing N Alberta Street between N Vancouver and Commercial Avenues, and extended north past Sumner Street. Thanks to VP fan Roxanne for suggesting this image.
There’s something vaguely familiar with that great house. When was it torn down?
Great photo, Roxanne!
This looks awfully similar to a house on N. Willamette Blvd. next to Columbia Park.
I take that back – definitely some key differences that I forgot about.
Are you thinking of the John Mock house, or is there another similar house in that neighborhood?
That was the house I was thinking of: used to go by that nearly every day when I was a student at the University of Portland.
There are some interior tiles from this house on display right now in the Architectural Heritage Center’s tile exhibit.
Thank you Roxanne! I had only seen an illustration of this place in the hand drawn birds-eye-view map of Portland circa 1890, previously appearing here at VintagePortland.
Judging from that previous illustration and the picture here, a great deal of gingerbread was removed from this house, to turn it from a Queen Anne style to more of a shingle style abode which was more in vogue toward the end of the Victorian era.
next to Jefferson High School?
This house was indeed right next door to Jefferson High; actually just east of the school. An outline of the house and property can be found in the Sanford online maps (love my library card!) Portland+1908-1909+vol.+3,+1909,+Sheet+225.pdf
The house was indeed huge, with 3 and-a-half stories plus a full basement.
Mr. Killingsworth built several homes and the one he lived in at the time of his death in 1910 was on the Southwest Corner of Northeast Cleveland and Sumner.