17 thoughts on “The Natural Sanatorium, circa 1916

  1. “Dr. O. Onne. Jurva, drugless physician, diagnoses ailments from the eye and is eminently successful in the treatment of acute and chronic cases. Sufferers from eye, ear, nose, heart, stomach, lung, liver or kidney trouble can find no safer or more certain treatment than we offer. In all important cases consult the drugless physician first. Charges always reasonable.” – The Natural Sanatorium, 178 East 60th Street (Advertisement card from 1920)

  2. Interesting that this house has the same bifurcated hexagonal tower balcony as the one we looked at from 2nd and Montgomery previously – until these two examples, I had never noticed this treatment before. Makes me wonder of it was the same designer.

  3. looks to be gone – lovejoypettygrove.com (a site that cross-references old portland addresses with new) doesn’t turn up an exact match, but shows it would either be near the mt. tabor reservoir, or up where 84 now runs (178 e 60th st vs 178 e 60th st N). a cursory look failed to turn up a house w/ a tower, but i could have just overlooked it.

  4. Bo…
    It IS interesting to look at both photos, side by side. While the same thought occurred to me regarding the designer, I am often curious about that question, which always brings up another: I wonder if they had the same level of “copy-cat” designers back then as we do now. Could that be a possible answer to the whole story. We’re always trying to guess who designed what house, and then look for similar houses with the same design and built within the same time period.
    When one looks at so many homes, “designed” in the late 50’s and 60’s, we see over and over again, that “look” of a home…especially the popular split level and split entry! Years from now, will people be asking the same question… “Were they designed by the same person…or company? They look so much alike!”
    Obviously, back then, there weren’t as many designers, but, still…all one really has to do is change two or three things and they can call it their own design…right? Just a thought…but one that tickles my brain now and then!

  5. Actually, wl, extrapolating from the address change list, seems to show it would be about where it says above — near 60th and Belmont. The old numbers were about 20/block on E 60th. 289 become 1505 (and 391 become 2033, for example), so 178 would become about 950 SE 60th or so which puts it right by Belmont.

  6. This house very much resembles one that was on SE Morrison St. and 54th Ave. A classmate at Glencoe School lived there and I remember going up in the turret. This was in the 1950s. That house is gone now. Judging from Courtney’s Google find it must have been a fairly common design.

  7. Hi all,

    I’m the proprietor of LovejoyPettygrove, and when an old address can’t be found on the site, it often means that the structure was demolished before 1931 (although sometimes it also just means that someone accidentally forgot to include it in the street renaming directory). Based on the address, I guessed it was on the southeast corner of 60th and Yamhill, where 6012 SE Yamhill is today. I pulled up the 1924-1928 Sanborn Maps from the library, and sure enough, that’s where the structure was. PortlandMaps lists 6012 SE Yamhill has being built in 1928, so it seems like we have a pretty good window of the date of demolition: after 1924, but before 1928.

  8. This property was up for sale in June 1916 with following ad text in Oregonian: “This 18-room sanatorium with full cement basement, two baths with 21 bath tubs and three steam cabinets and two toilets. Bath and toilet on third floor. Location one of the sightliest in Portland, grounds [include] approximately four lots. Plenty of roses and large trees. Sacrifice price, rent reasonable.” The ad in the paper came with an artist’s drawing of the building frontage.

    Ole Onne Jurva (1870-19590 and wife Ida were Finnish immigrants who ran their Finnish massage and “German system” sanatorium in Portland for about 8 or 9 years. They started out of a rented house on Union Ave., before moving over to Mt. Tabor. They relocated to Minnesota by 1920. (Sources: Ancestry.com, Oregonian).

  9. Courtney,

    I loved that house and enjoyed going by there when exploring La Grande. I lived in the dorms when I attended EOSC (as it was then known). Freshman year was in the now demolished mid-century modern Dorian Hall, Sophomore year I moved to Hunt Hall. Unfortunately, the year I lived at Hunt Hall, the older A & B sections with the largest rooms had been closed off (those sections were later converted to a school of nursing).

  10. thanks for the extra details about your site, khris… one i use a lot. and it gets updated – 178 e 60th now calls up an entry with what we (now) know about the property!

  11. This was my great-grandparents sanatorium!! Thank you all so much for the info you discovered regarding the sale advertisement as well as the exact location–it’s so wonderful to get a glimpse of what the interior may have been like! I am constantly searching for more information about their practice as I have a natural skin care company much-inspired by my great-grandparents…The Potion Shoppe in Los Angeles 🙂

    Also, in case anyone is interested–the man 2nd from the left in the back row (with the mustache) is Dr. Jurva, his wife, Ida Maria (I got my middle name from her!) is in front of him on the end, and their three children are in the front row: the girl closest to center (she died from tuberculosis when she was 13) and the 2 boys to the right of the woman in the center.

    Thank you Vintage Portland for featuring this photo!

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