Henry Corbett House, c1910

After yesterday’s post, I’m going to agree with Edmund’s determination that this was the Henry Jagger Corbett house on SW Park and Main. We had earlier seen this house as the Henry Ladd Corbett house, so the middle name is still a question. Roxanne sent in today’s photo as corroborating evidence. Yesterday’s photo would be looking southeast at the back of the home. Today’s photo shows it looking southwest with the Park Avenue front of the home on the left. The Elliot R. Corbett house shared the same block. Thanks again, Roxanne, and to Edmund for the positive ID. One more mystery solved!

(Roxanne Cummings)

9 thoughts on “Henry Corbett House, c1910

  1. I’d love to see a floor plan of this house. I think it would reveal that the ornate windows in yesterday’s post would be to provide light for the grand staircase. If so, it would appear that the stair hall would be in the middle of the house rather than part of an entrance hall.

  2. So then the postcard view does show the side of the house, not the front (there was a debate about this in yesterday’s comments). This looks like a much grander entrance than what we see on the postcard. The stairs on the left in this photo are only partially visible in the postcard—those would be the front stairs, but the actual front door is not visible in the postcard.

  3. Finding out that it was, indeed, the Henry J. Corbett house, designed by Whidden & Lewis in 1892, and looking at the various photos available of this house from the front…THAT’S what I was referring to yesterday…now THAT’S an entrance worthy of the house and its design!

    And Jim…I agree…I’d love to see some floor plans. It’s one of the first things that come to mind when I see these beautiful old homes…that and high ceilings! One can only imagine…and dream!

  4. There’s a photo of this house in the book “Classic Houses of Portland,” and although the photo shows some alterations on the house, it does look like the same house.

  5. I found a floor plan that calls itself the Henry Ladd Corbett house, designed by Whitehouse & Foulhoux Architects. Is this the same house? I cannot relate some of the features of this plan to the posted pictures. But maybe there were in fact some major alterations. The floor plan is at the bottom of the page of this Adobe link:http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/91000129.pdf

  6. Thank you Dan. I’m glad to have helped Roxanne in identifying the house in her picture. I do love a good mystery.

    @Carl Alexander- Those floor plans are from the house that Henry Ladd Corbett had built in 1915, in the newly fashionable, and uncrowded Dunthorpe area.
    This document does help clarify things though, so I’ve added it to my PDX history file.
    Henry Jagger Corbett, who died in 1895 at the age of 35, was Henry Ladd Corbett’s father.
    Thanks for the link.

  7. I have a photo of the Dunthorpe house, I think. Also there was a Hamilton Corbett who had a house in Dunthorpe and a Harrison Corbett who designed houses in Portland. Was also a Helen Ladd Corbett. Wonder how poor Elliott got left out of the H names?

  8. Henry Ladd Corbett
    Henry L. Corbett was born in Portland in 1881, the first of three
    sons of Henry J. and Helen C. Corbett. Henry L. Corbett’s
    grandfather, pioneer merchant and banker Henry W. Corbett, came to
    Portland in 1850. Corbett was involved with numerous business,
    public, and community organizations. He also owned a significant
    amount of downtown real estate. H. W. had two sons from his first
    marriage, Henry J. and Hamilton F. Corbett. Both sons died early
    in life. Henry L. Corbett’s father, Henry J.
    Corbett, died in 1895 at age 35. When Henry W. Corbett died in
    1903, his oldest grandson, Henry L. Corbett, became the heir of
    his estate, which was valued at over $5 million dollars.
    Henry L. Corbett was 22 years old when he graduated from Harvard
    in 1903. He returned to Portland and for a short time he was a
    rancher in eastern Oregon. He decided to move back to Portland
    and he managed his grandfather’s estate. He lived with his family
    in his late father’s residence on Park Avenue that was designed by
    Whidden and Lewis. They lived there until the estate in Dunthorpe
    was completed.

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