Housing Authority, circa 1918

This image is from a Housing Authority photographic collection and is an example of housing conditions, circa 1918.  The caption on the front of the image states, “House in foreground occupied by six families. Yard closets in rear used with families in three other buildings. Portland needs a law requiring better toilet facilities than this.”


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2012-003.32

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2012-003.32


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27 thoughts on “Housing Authority, circa 1918

  1. I bet the housing authority provided the location of this lot along with the photograph, but then you guys would’ve listed it, right?

  2. I see in Historic Oregonian that there was a builder named either S. S. Kinger (or Kingery?) seemed to be in NE Portland – or Fulton area? The big white building has a sign “kinger….” by it.

  3. A bit of googling shows a Kingery & Marrs in business during that time, owned by Ralph Kingery and “dealing in electrical fixtures” – ironically this is from his obituary in 1918. Maybe with that someone can figure out where it was located in PDX?

  4. that sign to the extreme right would be a key… if it had just a few more letters, or better focus! it also seems to be upside down – or perhaps not in english (cyrillic? yiddish?).

  5. kingery and marrs were at 161 grand st (901 se grand now). while that painted sign on the factory may just be an advertisement, sounds like a trip to the sanborns is due!

  6. is actually be the spot! sanborn map 1909 vol 4, #399 shows Kingsley and marrs to occupy the corner of a masonry building at grand and belmont; at yamhill and grand are rowhouses (at least one is demolished by 1918, as evidenced by pipes in ground by fence), and there is a wooden house by the K&M building exactly where one sits in this picture. i believe the outhouses are visible as well.

  7. house in question is 391 yamhill; in 1916 it was occupied by emil bonge, linda nordstrom, ida orchard, melvin patterson, hattie peterson and charles tyler. so lots of outhouse traffic from this house alone!

  8. wl: I was just about to post the same answer, but you beat me to it! This is almost certainly Belmont and Grand. The photographer would have been standing on Yamhill, looking northeast.

  9. all that typing for nothing – based on the front porch structure, this is 389 e yamhill! interestingly, there is no 389 e yamhill in the 1916 directory. there is a 387, ‘the grand,’ listed as ‘furnished rooms’ which is run by mrs. a crow and has multiple tenants. so perhaps this photo predates 1916, and 387 – which does NOT exist in 1909 as an address – was built where the vacant lot and house with 2-story porch stand? in any case, if the house in the photo is mrs. crows, she needs to be sued for false advertising – grand indeed!

  10. darned portland street renamings! the grand was on WEST yamhill. this shot is on EAST yamhill. confusion over… at least for now…….

  11. after less caffeine and more time to study, this is =definitely= 389 e. yamhill; the sanborn map clearly shows a 2-1/2 story structure w/ a 2-story, full-width porch. other homes in the row are 1-1/2 story, with small porch on right sides. occupied in 1916 by widow mary anderson. it was not a nice neighborhood, as a blacksmith, a tinsmith and a woodworking shop were behind her, with a cement block factory directly across e. yamhill. the site, in finest portland tradition, is now a parking lot.

    remembering the post about ‘the grand’ really confused me for a bit – i forgot they hadn’t appended ‘w.’ to west yamhill yet!

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