SW 14th Avenue, 1892

Completed in 1872, this image shows the Jacob Kamm residence at its original location on SW 14th Avenue and SW Main Street, 1892. The structure was moved to make way for the construction of Lincoln High School and is now located at 1425 SW 20th Avenue.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2004-002.3180

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2004-002.3180


View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

32 thoughts on “SW 14th Avenue, 1892

  1. I cannot even imagine what it would have been like to live/grow up in such a home. There are a few pictures of this home in Classic Houses of Portland 1851-1951. Would love to see the floor plan.

  2. Interesting to me that in this photo the home looks massive but if you look at today it’s really not that big. Surroundings make a big difference.

  3. Great that this old house could be saved in its entirety. I’m going to have to walk over there and check it out again after 30 years, it looks much better maintained than when I last saw it. The fennel’s over the entry canopy are a bit of Victorian eclectic which do not belong on a French Empire design. Victorians could not divorce themselves from pompous decoration!

  4. Hmmm. Might be a way to slow the demolition squads here. City ordinance to require moving in lieu of destruction. I will look forward to the hate filled responses from developers.

  5. craig, the whole house is a bit of a mash-mash… it was a restaurant for years, and eric ladd (then-owner) added some things he’d salvaged from other house demolitions. too bad the little village he’d once had there didn’t survive!

    ladd (not his real name!) salvaged many houses as they were torn down, and either used them in his interior decorator business, or built entire houses with pieces of them. i would love to find an inventory of where his salvaged bits are! i know of 5 or 6, but there must be many more still around.

  6. This is off today’s topic but did anyone notice the article in the Oregonian today that developers want to destroy the old firehouse that currently houses Touche’ instead of repurposing it into apartments? or some other use?

  7. The fence looks very similar, if not the same, as that outside our mystery church a few weeks ago, which may be a further clue that the church was the Plymouth Congressional on 14th and E?

  8. Another post off topic, the last time I’ve seen a house moved in Portland was in the early 90’s. It looked a parade they moved all the houses from a block and one half to make way for the Rose City Safeway store down Sandy Blvd. There was over 20 houses and it was quote impressive to watch. Power and other overheard wires that were in the way were taken down ahead and put back up after the houses had passed, trees being trimmed and all the while they moved at dead crawl. Sandy Blvd was lined with spectators and picture takers. Wonder if the city took any pictures?

  9. it used to be cheap to move buildings – city archives have a permit for a garage that was hauled from the NE to the SW in the 20s!
    i count 3 buildings in a mile from me that have all been moved.
    veeeerrrrrryyyyyy expensive to do in portland, now. not much vacant land in ‘desirable’ areas, either.
    heck, vancouver island is floating houses across the sound to make affordable housing AND save bungalows from teardowns – maybe we could give them some of our buildings. at least they’d be saved………….

  10. Dan S.,

    I don’t know if the 1864 James B. Stephens house is the oldest, but it beats the Kamm mansion by less than 10 years.

  11. Thanks @Jim, cool video. I should have specified “mansion” not just house. I also remember reading somewhere that the row houses on the NW corner of NW 17th and Irving. Are the only “brick” row houses of their era and style in the whole state of Oregon! But I can’t find where I read that either. Anyone?

  12. I had the pleasure of working on this amazing house in 1984. I worked on the interior trim. There is a whole room with a great mantle and birds eye maple panels on the walls and ceiling. The roofers caught it on fire and I was the only one inside at lunch time. I heard the fire and yelled at them on the roof and they put out the fire.

  13. The Kamm House, the Peters Mansion, the Barnes Mansion and the Pittock Mansion are my favorites. I have worked on all of these.

  14. speaking of moving houses – that ‘past tense’ feature about oldest homes mentions the gov. curry house, but says it couldn’t find where it was moved from; the old address was 1873 sw 12th.

    and as far as kamm-era houses, there’s 3635 sw condor, 1871.

  15. Noted Portland Historic Preservationist William Hawkins had his architectural firm in the house for many many years. I believe he was instrumental in saving and moving the mansion. I believe the heritage trees at the corner of SW 14th and Salmon on the Lincoln High campus are black walnut; not the evergreens pictured.

    The Architectural Heritage Center AHC would have more on its history.

  16. Thank you for the clarification and the Wikipedia link with citations authoritatively filling in the long fascinating details of it arrival to its present site.

  17. that was mordant wit. supposedly.

    actually, i think the building is set up like condos, and maybe mr. hawkins sold his share of the building?

    but no. it is not going anywhere. the rest of that neighborhood, however…

  18. I grew up a block away from the Kamm House before they moved it…1945-46-47-48- it was a play ground for the kids, inside it was Museum, small animals like Guinea Pigs, mice, and so on, even had a crock in the bath tub….there was a barn, had a calf we could feed…….out side on the grounds, had swings and other play ground equipment, I have photos of the inside and the outside ….. I can’t remember the name of the park but it was a great place too play, the Lady that ran the place was Miss Sweet…..

Comments are closed.