86 thoughts on “Help Us Out!

  1. Based on the houses next to it I’d say somewhere in inner SE Portland. 3rd and Morrison is the address of the photographer.

  2. I agree—that looks like the photographer’s address, not the address of the house. Also, there isn’t a hill of that grade at 3rd & Morrison (assuming SW—but there is not much of a hill at SE 3rd & Morrison either).

  3. From a 1945 article in the Oregonian. Charles Lamb had a photography business with Col. A B Mcalpin in the Dekum Building. 3rd and SW Morrison

  4. There is still a beautiful house on Se 39 near clinton could it have also been in that area.. The similiar one I knowof is Brick

  5. Thanks for the help (hopefully). This photo has always had me scratching my head – both the stylistic character and the form (semi-attached townhouses) seem a bit different for Portland. I’ve scanned the Sanborns a few times randomly, thinking this distinctive footprint might be obvious, but no luck. I love all the people standing on the various porches. I’ve wondered about Lair Hill, too.

  6. I was going to say somewhere in Slabtown (i.e. NW Portland) based on the many piles of slab in the photo. I get the feeling Westside, 1880’s – 1890’s. Could be Park blocks too.

  7. It’s a duplex by the way. Hmmm… Such a grand home with such modest homes so close to its boundaries????

  8. I lived above the end of NW Thurman on Aspen & don’t recall any houses in the Willamette Heights looking like that.

  9. Many of the storm drains in this neighborhood are located on the corners like seen in today’s photo. While this Google streetview doesn’t show it, if you pan to the left, you’ll see one on the opposite side of the street.

  10. What we see: non-electric streetcar tracks running both directions on a fairly major feeder street. Eastlake syle architecture popular late in the 1800’s. Gents in cut-a-way coats w/ bowlers, ladies with dress styles w/ bustle and great hats. Suggests lat 1880’s. NW Lovejoy (now) was one such street with such a power feed at that time period.

  11. @Bob Slusher — I’m curious about why you’re under the impression that the tracks aren’t electrified; I can see a few wires running above the street. Do you think those are just powerlines, maybe?

  12. How do you get the Rate This to “take?” I’ve been trying to give a thumbs up re Bob Slusher’s comment about the clothing of the people in the picture but it keeps bouncing back to 0.

  13. Liz, I put my pointer over the symbol and wait until the pointer changes to a hand. Then I click.

  14. My guess would be the Buckman neighborhood in S.E. based on the street grade, streetcar tracks,modest workman’s cottages, and the fact that it is a duplex. It would also fit in N.W. neighborhood because of the same criteria.

  15. RE: Electric streetcars/trolley. The height of the three wire system would indicate power feeder distribution. Electric railway lines were much closer to the ground and only single or two wire. Several competing trolley systems at that time were horse drawn. BTW, I suspect this structure to be a boarding house.

  16. Bob: I think we’re close.
    I found this on the Oregon.gov OPRD site. It speaks to both the NW community and the streetcars.
    ——————————
    The correct residence was just as important as membership in the right clubs. The growing sense of social differentiation worked to consolidate the status of Nob Hill as one of the best places for the “best” Portlanders. Perhaps the most impressive single investment was the huge ungainly house of Richard B. Knapp, a partner in an implement and machinery company. Finished in 1884 at a cost of nearly $100,000, its towers, porches, balconies, and overhanging gables overwhelmed its block between 17th, 18th, Davis, and Everett and neighbors like the smaller Italianate Sprague House at 17th and Everett streets (1832) {extant, moved to 2234 NW Johnson Street l. Bishop B. W. Morris built at the corner of 20th and Everett on part of the block owned by Mary Couch, who inexplicably preferred fìn-de-siecle Paris to Portland for her own residence. Other large houses filled in along C, D, and E streets east of Bishop Scott Academy and north around the Couch 15 family blocks. There was similar development on the King properties north of Burnside, platted as
    King is 2nd Addition. In 1885, for example, Amos King built an Italianate house on Hoyt between 21st and 22nd streets as a real estate speculation [extant], while other houses began to appear on 22nd and 23rd streets.

    Writing in 1890, Oregonian editor Harvey Scott gave the classic description of the now established district. Moving westward from the river, he commented,
    One is led rapidly on by the sight of gnnd and imposing residences
    in the distance, of costly structure and splendid omamentation.
    Many of these are set upon whole blocks, beautifully decorated with
    trees, turf, and flowers, and supplied with tasteful drive-ways.
    Some of the more palatial of these edifices occupy double blocks,
    the cross streets not being ran through. Among those of the
    spacious and magnificent West End are houses costing about $20,00
    to 50,000–some of them 890,000 each–of three and four stories,
    and mainly in the Queen Anne style. It is upon the swell of the
    plateau that these fine houses begin to appear, and the views from
    their upper windows and turrets are extensive. For ten blocks back-
    16th to 26th streets–or even further and from about N street
    southward to Jefferson, or some twenty streets, the region is, by
    popular consent– and still more by prevailing prices–forever
    dedicated to dwellings of wealth and beauty.

    Growth of what Scott called the “West End” was accelerated by new streetcar lines. E. A. Jeffery,the son-in-law of Amos King, received a franchise for the Multnomah Street Railway Company in June 1882. Financial backing came from George Weidler and W. A. Scoggin. Horse drawn streetcars began service on Washington and Burnside streets in 1883, reaching 23rd and Burnside in December. The company also opened a line up 16th Street from Burnside to Savier in July 1883. The line obviously facilitated access to the King family land holdings and subdivisions on
    both sides of Burnside. The Transcontinental Street Railway Company also dated to 1882, including William S. Ladd and Henry W. Corbett among its directors. It ran tracks on Glisan to 22nd, on 14th, and on Savier to 26th. It built car barns on Savier between 23rd and 24th streets.
    In 1890-91, the street railway companies shifted from old- fashioned horse power to modern electricity. By the end of the decade, the electric trolleys had been consolidated into two systems. The Portland Railway Company ran trolleys on Burnside, 16th, 23rd, and Thurman streets, with the latter line extending into Willamette Heights in September 1891. Until 1903, the Thurman line had discontinuous service, with passengers dismounting at a wooden bridge over Balch Creek and catching a second car on the far side. The City and Suburban Railway Co. ran trolleys on Glisan, Savier, and 14th streets. It also operated a line than zigged across Northwest Portland on Washington to 19th, north to Glisan, west to 21st, north to Northrup, west to 25th, north to Raleigh, west to 27th, north to Vaughan, and back to the Savier Street car barn to complete a loop.
    The two systems were merged in 1906 as the Portland Railway Light and Power Company (Map 3). The new company eliminated the redundant Savier line and portions of the Glisan line by the
    1910s

  17. if NW district, i doubt it is as far up as the savier/thurman car lines… sanborn 1889 states ‘these houses stand on leased ground and are of poor character generally.’
    i doubt a grand boardinghouse would be built in that area.

  18. A couple of thoughts on the thoughts…

    First, I would suggest based on scale and pretension that this is a pair of semi-detached single-family townhouses, not unlike the George Williams townhouses (now The Lawn) at NW 18th and Davis. I don’t think anyone would have spent this sort of money on a boarding house (Queen Anne sash in every window?), nor would they have paired the entrances this way. This is not a common building type in Portland, either because codes discouraged it or Portland wasn’t dense enough with high land prices to drive the real estate model like many older cities back east or in the midwest. Or maybe there is another reason. Anyway, this building type is partly why I felt this photo was so compelling when I found it.

    Second, until East Portland was consolidated with Portland proper in 1891, they were two different cities, so this 3rd and Morrison confusion (besides being the photographer’s address, not the house address) likely misses the point. I would doubt this is an Eastside building at all as it has a more urban feeling to it (though anything is possible).

    Last, I expect this was an architect-designed project (perhaps a middling-level architect) as the massing, expense and detailing of the ornamentation exceeds average Queen Anne houses (Eastlake is not really an architectural style, though the earlier Stick Style – used for the George Williams townhouses – is sometimes called Eastlake). While not exceptional architecturally, this project must have seemed pretty cutting edge at the time for its form alone. Besides The Lawn and the Irving Street Rowhouses, does anyone know of other semi-detached townhouses built in Portland?

  19. This one is driving me crazy. The house house looks Queen Anne to me- a style from the 1880s. The streetcar tracks have both inbound and outbound alignments, which means it is on a trunk line, as opposed to a stub end branch. – The presence of older looking more modest homes rules out the high end neighborhood around NW 19th street, and Portland Heights, which was just taking off in the 1880s. If I had to pick, right now I am would go with the Nob Hill area, perhaps around 23rd and Thurman, but not too far west, as the 1889 Sanborn atlas shows development thinning out towards the west hills.

  20. the horsecar lines ran down 14th, 16th, savier and glisan in nob hill; there is a tempting house on sanborn 1889, 35b, at the sw corner of glisan and 17th, but the shadows feel wrong for that position, and the tracks are on the wrong side of the house…. there are no small houses nearby, but they could post-date the map. don’t think this house is it, but the outline is close to what we need to look for.

  21. there are actually a number of structures in this area of the type we are looking for…duplex, twinned stairs, bays. there are still a few of this type of building standing in the neighborhood today…

  22. My sense is that the houses on either side are earlier – 1870s or early 1880s. Simple front gable with boxy massing and most interest in the porches. Interesting how the one on the left has no railing returning to the house at the end of the porch.

  23. i wonder if the house is brand-new… there are wooden stakes around the lot, and the slope of the ground on either side has been cut away fairly recently (still sharp and unvegetated). so perhaps the 1889 maps are too early for this house by a year? it can’t be much later than 1890, as i believe all the horse lines converted to electricity by that year.

    on to the 1900 maps!

  24. As best I can tell, photographers (Col.) Arthur B. McAlpin (1856-1947) and Charles Young Lamb (1855-1945) had their photo studio at “153 1/2, corner of 3rd and Morrison” (west side) from about 1888 through October 1892, when they relocated to fancy new digs in the then new Dekum Bldg. (8th floor). So that helps date this photo a bit more closely, even if it says nothing about the exact location of the pictured house. (Sources: city directories, census records, Oregonian archives.)

    Curious footnote: A. B. McAlpin was the first president of the MAC club in the 1890s. He was a noted outdoor sportsman and a locally famous sailboat racer. He was an asst. mgr. of the MAC well into his 80s. Charles Y. Lamb came to Portland in 1882 from San Francisco as a member of touring acting troupe and sometime photographer. He and McAlpin seem to have dissolved their partnership some time in the mid-1890s.

  25. 1888-1892 seems spot on, and I agree that the photo could represent the “‘trophy shot” of a recently completed project – something I’ve also wondered about it. What a pity if the 1889 maps are a year too early.

  26. Dear TheEcoFeminist: I think you’re a little bit mixed up.. you seem to think you are disagreeing with me, but you (inadvertently, perhaps) made the exact same point I did. “3rd and Morrison” does not exist; SE 3rd & Morrison and SW 3rd & Morrison do.

  27. i saw no likely candidates the entire length of the 16th st horse line in 1901, nor along the savier/thurman line. on the transcontinental line, nothing on glisan, and on the northbound section, 14th and davis, outline is wrong. 14th and kearney, tracks are wrong.
    what an irony if our building was built after the 1889 map and replaced before the 1901!

    other option is that this is east side, and is along a steam line, but the angle of hill and sun seems wrong for most of the trackage i can think of.

  28. Nice work! Very thorough. Perhaps this building is from another city in Oregon or SW Washington?

  29. Bo,
    I’m not if you are still in the Portland area, but The Lawn has been converted into condos and rechristened the George H. Williams townhouses.
    Ironically, the building was built as townhouses, but as a boarding house for followers of Williams’ wife’s cult.
    Interesting read here:
    http://offbeatoregon.com/1204d-kate-williams-starvation-cult.html

    Back on topic, is it possible that the building in the picture is not a duplex or boarding house, but rather an institutional building such as an early hospital, trade school or social outreach lodging?

  30. Dang, I wish this site had an edit option.

    Correction:

    “Bo, I’m not sure if you are still in the Portland area…”

    and,

    “…the building was not built as townhouses, but as a boarding house…”

    Sheesh!

  31. It does look a lot like that house at the Eastern end of the Ross Island Bridge (3040 SE McLoughlin Blvd). That was the first place that popped into my mind! However, I don’t think it can possibly be the same house. The turret on the McLoughlin house is rounded, while the one on this house seems to have distinct sides to it, and that includes the roof of the turret. The McLoughlin house’s turret is clearly rounded and so is the roof above it. Also, that house would have had to have had a sizeable addition on the south side that is no longer there, because the house simply is not wide enough to be the one pictured here. Also, judging by the placement of the other houses around the McLoughlin house, it doesn’t look as though there was any room for there to have been an addition or another connecting townhome.

  32. Oh, I’m still here, and did my own treasured starving artists’ stint in The Lawn when I moved here in 1989 for more than a year – so I know it well. Even published an in-house zine for a while so the residents and junkies could share their thoughts with each other instead of writing on the bathroom walls. Few were sadder to see it sanitized into condos than I was.

    However, one of us doesn’t have our facts correct about the Williams Townhouses – and maybe both. The 1983 National Register nomination has a lot of info in it (bless Judith Rees), but I wouldn’t say it is for-sure factual based on the vast improvements in research and resources today:

    http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/84003097.pdf

    Built in 1883, according to the application it wasn’t converted into a boarding house until 1890 (The Guilliaume). I had heard that Williams lived in one unit while his mansion was being built next door, but the application states he never lived there. I have the West Shore illustration of both houses where the occupants of each of the townhouses are listed by name on the lithograph.

  33. Bo’s photo doesn’t match the Queen Anne house still visible from the Ross Island Bridge, built in 1892 for Robert Inman of the Inman-Poulsen Lumber Company.

    Besides the NW locations suggested by others, there are several corners in the SW downtown area, along the 3rd and 5th Street trolley lines, that have the right alignments of steeply sloping streets. Their houses would have been replaced by larger buildings by the 1920s. For example, the SW corners of SW 3rd at Main and at Madison, and of SW 5th at Main and at Madison.

    This duplex might have been built for a pair of brothers, or business partners, possibly the gentlemen in grey trousers and black vests at the top of the two staircases, posing with their families.

    I’m puzzled by the street litter directly in front of the stairs. In the next century, people would have removed the litter in preparation for such a posed photo. Or airbrushed it in the studio.

  34. A self-correction: the Ross Island Bridge Queen Anne was built for Robert Inman’s partner, Johan Poulsen, who never lived in it.

  35. If you look closely you’ll see a baby buggy in front of the house at the bottom of the stairs. This really looks like Slabtown to me. A little scruffy. A little unkept. My husband’s Irish family is from that area and we have a few photos of there home on NW 22nd and Roosevelt @1900. Not this generation of home, not as grand a home, but a beautiful home nonetheless. Those slab piles are a dead giveaway.

    And I believe these families are going to a wedding or a funeral. Maybe the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905. Many of the men are in suits and top hats…children and women are dressed up as well. I stick with my NW Portland idea. Combing through the book “19th St” by Richard Marlitt for the OHS in 1968, many of the homes looked exactly like this. I think this home was there first, had property, sold the property to allow for the smaller homes. I would surmise that we are on the skirts of NW Marshall St. following the trolly line. Kings Hill and Nob Hill weren’t developed until the early 1900’s. This just doesn’t fit in with that generation of homes.

    I’m going to comb through Sanborn and see what I can find @ 1901. Wish me luck!

  36. hi jane – i have to agree with bo; this house is likely built after the adjacent houses. the earth on either side has been recently cut away to flatten the yard for this house – the older houses sit a few feet higher on the original slope. they are also an older, more plebian style. i picture the neighborhood gentrifying, as slabtown is today (for better or worse!).
    the one wild card is if bob, bo and i are wrong and there IS a trolley wire and we just aren’t seeing it – although i think that unlikely. if this IS a horsecar line, there are only a few places it can be; i have fairly exhausted the west side lines (but hope i just missed something), which leaves albina, and the division side of the grand ave line. and perhaps parts of the lents or mt. tabor steam lines, tho this photo seems more ‘dense’ than most of those neighborhoods at the time.

    if you have a copy of ‘fares, please!’ by labbe, it has maps of the horsecar lines… don’t forget the street name changes! i did for a whole section and had to do it over😛

  37. Hi wl…agree. After looking closely that makes sense re construction. So the other homes must have been built in the 1870’s – 80’s and this one in the 1890’s. What do you think about location? I’m still fairly convinced that it’s NW somewhere between Burnside and Overton/ 14th to 20th. Could be Albina, but it just doesn’t have the feel of Albina. I’m thinking those smaller homes are for dock workers. And those darn slabs! 😉 I was hoping to find it on one of those 1891/1899 hand lithographed maps of PDX like this one: http://pastispresent.org/wp-content/uploads/Portland.jpg

  38. This feels a lot more like the west end of the Ross Island around corbet. There are a lot of houses that still look like this era. Also the dual incline of the street (to the left and right) along with the street car from the map. This fells like it could be where front connects to barber blvd.

  39. @Jim – thanks for that. I’ve never seen a more accurate or poetic description of life in The Lawn. Spot on, and still true in 1989. Wonderful.

  40. While I’m still not sure of the location of the house in question, I don’t think that any one part of town can be discounted as of yet. The slab wood was prevalent in more than just NW Portland. See this as an example: https://vintageportland.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/1932-c_widening-of-se-7th-ave-intersection-of-e-harrison-st-and-se-7th-ave-before-the-widening_a1999-004-280.jpg

    Also, the house types are not unlike those we’ve seen in inner SE before. See this post as an example: https://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/se-morrison-9th-avenue-1929/

  41. Yeah Val there have been a lot of photos of wood piles posted here from all parts of the city.

  42. This could have been NE Glisan at 87th. The trolley tracks up the hill existed on Glisan. I can’t escape the feeling that I have seen that house in the Montevilla/Mount Tabor area and that is the only location I can think of in that part of town with the corresponding geography. Plus all the buildings now there are newer construction all though that area was built up at the time of this photo.

  43. jane, that litho map shows a horsecar line (going up first, on the bridge), the cable line (sw 5th to jefferson to the incline), and the first west-side electric line (up front), as well as the railroad. wish it were bigger – maybe we’d see the house!

  44. I think I’ve solved the location issue. The house(s) stood at the SW corner of SW 2nd and Montgomery. The 1901 Sanborn (vol. 1 sheet 42) confirms a side by side residence with a corner turret at that corner along with houses that fit the shape of those in the photo standing on either side. The 1889 Sanborn shows an empty lot at that location, so that map was drafted right before the house was built.There were horse car tracks on 2nd street at the time, although they were later electrified. Ads in the Oregonian starting in 1890, note rooms for rent in at both 42 and 44 Montgomery streets – which would have been the address. The inclines of the streets also correspond, although today there is no 2nd and Montgomery any more due to Urban Renewal. Now we should try to figure out who designed, built, owned, and lived in the houses.

  45. val, i think you have it! it meets every single criteria we could think of, including being built between maps! the front porch is a match, AND it looks like it indicates a basement apartment… served by the third set of steps up to the house. congratulations on a sharp eye, and perserverance.

    give me a bit and i’ll try to ferret out some names……

  46. lots of names in 1916 at the rooming houses 242 and 244 montgomery… cook, good, may and warner; at 244 blackmore, brown, johnston, karas, rollman, ross, ruark. i saw nothing in 1916 to indicate ownership, so landlord didn’t live on site.

  47. the feb. 25, 1901 morning oregonian lists a room available for couple or two gentlemen. offered by a ‘private family,’ so it starts out as a residential duplex and then slides into boardinghouses.

  48. So, this house would have been across the pedestrian trail from the SE corner of today’s Pettygrove Park?

  49. Val, you are a house-research super hero – amazing identification, thanks!

    I took your lead and ran with it, though the fine-tooth-combing of the Sanborns, Oregonians, and Ancestry to work all this out has taken hours… Here is the rest of the story:

    In a building record summary for the preceding year published in the Oregonian on January 1, 1890, there is a permit listed for “Mrs. Kingsley, Second and Montgomery, $6000.”

    Anne (Ann, Anna) Kingsley lived at 46 Montgomery – the house next door on the left in the photo. She and her husband, John C. Kingsley first move to this house in 1868 – the same year that Simeon Reed built his mansion on the entire block directly across the street – location, location, location. John C. Kingsley plied a number of trades, but was at various times a captain of steam boats on the rivers. In 1874, just months after purchasing the steamer Calliope, he had an aneurism while loading his boat and dropped dead. He was 53, and Anna was about 40. They had five children. Anne was born in NY about 1834 to Irish parents.

    She is listed at various times between 1874 and 1889 at both 46 Montgomery and 387 Second Avenue – this is the house immediately to the left in the photo – so it is possible that she owned the entire quarter block.

    Apparently in 1889 she decided to build the duplex in the photo (if that is even the proper name for it). The earliest ad in the Oregonian I could find for either 42 or 44 Montgomery was:
    Nov 13, 1889
    For Rent – Elegantly furnished rooms, with use of bath, at 42 Montgomery St., with or without board.

    Other similar ads for both properties appear in 1889 and 1890:

    Dec 9, 1889
    For Rent – Furnished rooms, with heat and use of bath, with or without board, for gentlemen only. Address 42 Montgomery St.
    Dec 15, 1889
    For Rent – Pleasant rooms, newly furnished, new house, furnace heat, use of bath, terms reasonable. 44 Montgomery St., cor. Second
    April 27, 1890
    For Rent – 10-room house, Second and Montgomery, will be vacated May 1. Inquire at 46 Montgomery Street.
    May 2, 1890
    Furnished rooms, single or en suite, at the handsome residence, 42 Montgomery St., corner Second St.

    The last two invite speculation.

    The addresses change around the time of East Portland consolidation to 242 and 244. In 1893, Mrs. Susan Carson was running a listed boarding house out of one of them. In 1895 the Simeon Reed Mansion is converted into the Portland Sanitarium, and a contemporary ad states:
    0ct 10, 1897
    242 and 244 Montgomery, good location for sanitarium, refuge home, etc., 10 to 20 rooms.

    So, let’s call this property the Anne Kingsley Boarding Houses, 1889. While my 1885-1889 guess was correct, my conviction these were private townhouses seems to be wrong. It appears they were built as a pair of rent-able boarding houses, and while they may have been “occupied” by a single renter who then rented rooms out themselves, it does not seem they were ever owner-occupied as single-family residences.

    I still find it hard to believe the apparent expense involved for speculative boarding houses, but perhaps the proximity to Simeon Reed’s mansion and other nice homes in the immediate blocks made it a safe upscale bet…

    The pdf downloadable below includes Sanborn maps and other info, including J.C. Kingsley’s death article and two images showing the current location and indicating where the Reed and Kingsley houses once stood – it is virtually unrecognizable.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8mhdpzzu4xdandv/1889%2042-44%20Montgomery%20Street.pdf?dl=0

    Thanks for the remarkable ID Val.

  50. By the way, an 1889 article mentions the double-track upgrade/improvements made along Montgomery by the Transcontinental Street Railroad.

  51. 1896 directory shows the kingsleys (widow, a daughter and 2 sons) still living at 246 montgomery. so it looks like they built the house as an investment, perhaps? own, but lease it out to a contractor who runs a boarding house? by 1896, mrs. carson has decamped to 340 2nd st, still running a boarding house.

    some questions: odd that the stairs – clearly of wood – are not shown on this sanborn map, yet others are. and was my interpretation of a basement room correct? the notation of 1 B disappears in the 1909 map.

    and does any body else find the historic oregonian searches a bit… random? i searched 42 and 242 montgomery, for example, and found nowhere near the number of matches bo did. just that 1901 advert!

  52. Val! Awesome sleuthing! Thank-you! And Bo….likewise. Great historical information and fact finding. I can’t wait for the next Vintage PDX ‘hunt’!

  53. Craig, it took an entire Sunday and a ridiculous amount of lateral thinking and serendipity to ferret out the Kingsley permit (which doesn’t turn up under a simple search of “Montgomery” even) and intuit that it must have been the houses, which then unlocked the Kingsley connection to the house next door, which then led to a series of other frayed and tenuous threads that eventually wove themselves into a story. Only a nut case spends his Sunday this way. But it was worth it. 😉

    One big discovery for me was the annual January 1 Oregonian articles that list all the building permits and many built projects of the year past. I didn’t know about this info as a possible research resource.

    I found the January 1, 1889 one first by chance, then went and looked for a smoking gun in the January 1, 1890 list. (There is another 1889 house on Montgomery for Mary Mine listed at $8000, which is the same projected cost as the John Mock House would be the very next year – must have been a nice one.)

  54. A couple years back I found a nice picture of the newly constructed Mock house in the Oreg. Think It said price Ten grand. Ever see the want ad listing Swan Island for sale? If they only would have known.

  55. That is correct. That reference is in an ad for University Park in the October 2, 1892 edition.

    The $8000 reference came from a 1916 Oregonian that published a “In Other Days” Twenty-Five Years Ago column that mentioned a bit in the June 30, 1891 Oregonian stating Colonel John Mock was having a fine $8000 residence built at Portsmouth.

    Apparently it got more expensive as it was built. 😉

  56. Everyone claims there was less crime back then but when I research these articles I find tons of it. For example… Oregonian November 10th 1919 is an article about the Mock house being broken into along with 6 or 7 others all over the city.

  57. Now that we have location, owner and some history. What do we surmise might be the occasion? Maybe the Kingsley extended family celebrating the completion of the house? 🙂

  58. It looks just like the one actually standing next block over (at SW 2nd and Harrison) behind the one just demolished in the City archives photo.

  59. For anyone interested, here is an enlarged and enhanced crop of the Kingsley duplex from the 1960 PDX photo. It appears that it was already well on the way to being dismantled.

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