17 thoughts on “William S. Ladd, circa 1892

  1. Always a favorite neighborhood…lovely homes/bungalows…Ladd’s Addition!

    Can’t wait to see some of the comments!

    In the meantime, it IS May 18th…
    Remember…The Big Boom?

  2. I believe we are looking West with 6th Avenue at the forefront of the picture. Since I can’t see the West Hills in the background and I’m not sure which street the house fronted on, I could be wrong about that. If, I’m right about 6th, the still extant Ladd Carriage House would be across Broadway on the back side of the house. This residence occupied the full block between Sixth and Broadway and Jefferson and Columbia. The Oregonian now sits on this block.

  3. “With the earnings from his many business enterprises, Ladd purchased a large parcel of land at the corner of what is now SW Broadway & Columbia, and built a massive Queen Anne/English Stick style mansion designed by Joseph Sherwin. A few years later, the Ladd Carriage House was built across the street to house his stable of horses and carriages, while also serving as living quarters for his carriage-driver and other work-hands.”

  4. that quote is wrong about the architecture – the CARRIAGE house is clearly queen anne (with some carpenter gothic), but there is no way in hades the house is. the roof is wrong for starters, and it lacks a majority of the defining features of that style. not least the lack of cantilevered gables!

    ladd’s house is firmly in the second empire camp, which is why it reminds us of the addam’s family house. tastes had changed a bit after it was built, which is why the carriage house is in a different style.

  5. Jim is it possible that the picture was taken looking north so we would be viewing the south side of the residence? In overcast Portland would it be likely to have those large awnings on the east side of the house. Also not the shadow pattern!

  6. Based on Jack and Craig’s comments, I’m going to guess that the house faced Columbia, not Sixth, which would place the Carriage House just out of frame to the left.

    Considering the grounds took up the entire block, the gardens may have been quite extensive. However, given the time period (and considering Mrs. Corbett’s pasturing of a cow on HER property just a few blocks away) the lot probably also held various other outbuildings and agricultural elements.

    This Wikipedia link shows an 1881 drawing of the house, just two years before the Carriage House was build across the street.


    Thanks for your input Jack and Craig. That’s why I like this site so much, it’s a great example of crowd sourcing used to an advantage.

  7. I found an old drawing of the Ladd House that seems to give a bit more information. Using it as reference, I also think the photo above was taken looking west and, as Jim said, that the street in the foreground is now SW Sixth. Another clue: The shadows of the trees and bushes are on their right, which would indicate the sun is to the left, or south. I know it seems like we should be able to see the West Hills in the background but I’m guessing that the trees are just high enough to block them. It’s also possible that This location, of course, later became home to The Oregonian building, which face SW Seventh, later named Broadway.

  8. In case that shortened url doesn’t work for some, it is the Multnomah Library’s 1899 Sanborn map, sheet 14a.

  9. Jim is correct; this picture was taken from across 6th St, facing west. The house was sited so that it was literally hugging the property line on the SW corner of the block, looming directly above the tall stone walls that enclosed the entire block, leaving huge expanses of lawn, flowers, trees and shrubs. There was also a huge green house situated on the NW corner of this property.

  10. This illustrated map from 1890 would agree with Daniel Veith that the house was on the SW corner (corner of Broadway and Columbia) directly across from the carriage house which can be seen on the SE corner across Broadway. You have to zoom way in to see it, but it’s pretty clear.

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