9 thoughts on “Washington Park, 1940

  1. Thgis photo is unnerving. The 2 big mansions in the background, with stellar roofs. A mighty chimney stack showing much $ and power of that era. And the lonely workers cleaning up their “mess.” So much for the dead lost and famous!

  2. The mansion on the right is the A. H. Maegly home, by the notable architect John Virginius Bennes. Its ornate stonework and Spanish tile roof is unusual on a prairie style home. I could recognize that house anywhere. That house and 2208 NE 28th (totally unrelated) are my favorite homes in the city.

  3. Looks like they were working on the pedestrian pathway.
    There appears to be a field where the ditch was dug. Wonder what that was for….
    I think this was at a time when Washington Park’s budget was really tight and minimal work was being done.

  4. To: Dan S.
    As far as favorites, it’s kinda hard to overlook these too…

    1810 NE 15th Avenue, Portland (Irvington District) The Freiwald-Gustav House-1906
    3316 SE Ankeny Street, Portland (Laurelhurst District) The Herman Brookman House-1927
    2125 SW 21st Avenue, Portland, (Portland Heights District) The Joseph Jacobberger House-1923
    2645 NW Beuhla Vista Terrace, Portland, (Portland Heights District) The Eastman-Shaver House-1929
    4314 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland (The Humbolt District) The John Palmer House-1890
    3028 NE Alameda Street, Portland (Alameda District) The Keller House-1924
    1312 NE Tillamook Street, Portland (The Irvington District) The John Povey House-1891
    211 NE 39th Avenue, Portland (Laurelhurst District) The Alfred & Nettie House-1927
    3425 NE Beakey Street, Portland (The Irvington/Alameda District) The Zimmerman-Rudeen House-1913
    …and, of course, The Pittock Mansion-1909…but that one is most likely on everybody’s list!

    Had to stop…there are just too many to really choose from…but, none-the-less, these are just a few of my favorites!

    Enjoy the day!


  5. had dinner once at house to left of meagly house – wonderful house and people.

    was that amphitheater in the photo part of the original zoo, or a feature of the original city park? love don nelson’s book on the park, but the damn thing needed a map of what was in the park as built…

  6. The wooden tudor/lodge-style house on the left in the photo… looks a bit different between 1940 and now: they’ve added a shed dormer in the western roofline and also a second small one on the south.

    In the 1940 photo, you can see where workers have a rough stairway in the hill below the stepped retaining wall. Is that where the stairway that exists today was built? Is that retaining wall and rock work still there?

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