Portland Heights Real Estate Ad, 1906

The going cost of $350 to $750 for lots back in 1906 would barely pay a month of property taxes in Portland Heights and Council Crest now. This D.E. Keasey & Co. real estate ad showcased some of the fine houses that overlooked the city. How many of these homes can still be found?

(University of Oregon Libraries)

11 thoughts on “Portland Heights Real Estate Ad, 1906

  1. Interesting picture on the bottom of the ad of the D.E. Keasey & Co office ‘opposite the observatory” (the Lewis & Clark Exposition observatory that would be disassembled and reconstructed on Council Crest). I have read the small structure described as a “the Japanese Tea House” but up to now I have not seen a picture of it. There is a modest bungalow on the site today, which very well could be the building, somewhat expanded.

  2. Unfortunately most of these houses and buildings did not survive past the mid-point of the last century.

    The home of General Beebe is long gone, replaced by one house, then another in succession on the same lot. The subsequent builders wisely left the beautiful retaining walls that surrounded the General’s original property almost entirely intact. The Blaise Labbe mansion, and that of his brother Antoine next door were razed before 1920, but again, the original retaining walls were left intact by the builders of the houses that replaced them.
    The Page homes, once located near SW Vista Avenue and Jackson street are both gone, as is the M.B. Rankin place at 17th and Clifton.

  3. Most lost–especially the Victorians. But the Pfunder house, A.D. Charlton, C. Henri Labbe, probably the WB Streeter, the Nichols, and the Walter V Smith (significantly enlarged about 1908) remain

  4. Like Marianne said, I too have wondered about that Labbe Street in Greenhills. I have seen plat maps with large Labbe holdings in the nearby Mt Zion / Sylvan area. I have also seen photos of an impressive Victorian house on the top of the hill, at or very near the eventual vicinity of Labbe street. Maybe it belonged to another of the Labbe brothers, -just speculation though…

  5. Last night OPB ran it’s ‘Streetcar’ special on Oregon Experience. People didn’t want to move up into the hills for many reasons, but mostly because you couldn’t access them! That is until the cable car came along, thanks to the electric company, developers and real estate agents. Still, it was a long time before the benefits of living in ‘the heights’ became known as exclusive. Our hills have many-a-story to tell! Great pic and ad!

  6. I am also curious about the teahouse – the Keasey office is still there (1741 SW Hawthorne Terrace); even though PortlandMaps declares a 1908 date for this structure, the building in the advertisement is clearly in the same location… right down to the telephone pole. Not only that, the ‘historic permits’ on Portlandmaps features the original permit, which reads: “This building was a real estate office and is remodelled for dwelling.”
    What is NOT clear is if this was the Japanese Teahouse; 2 points in favor of this argument are the easement for a long staircase that goes down to Elizabeth (still extant), and this photo:


    If the back of that thing is Japanese-influenced, nothing is. Still no PROOF, however. Still looking!

  7. Hi Dan, I grew up in the Byron Nichols house (bottom left) and am wondering if you have access to an original copy of this photo, since this isn’t too clear. I would love to get a better look at the house at that time. Thanks

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