N Benton Avenue, circa 1925

Residence at the corner of N Benton Avenue and N Broadway, circa 1925. The house is no longer standing, but the address was 373 N Benton Avenue.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.2456.

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.2456.


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16 thoughts on “N Benton Avenue, circa 1925

  1. A lovely old “Shingle” style home popular around the 1900’s. The old Bekin’s location. The sign invites Boarders.

  2. Beautiful house, nice view, and streetcar line adjacent for trips downtown. Wonder who the owner or builder was, possibly a well to do downtown business man.

  3. I was wondering if the tower in the distance of the left belonged to some church and then realized that’s the tower of Union Station.

  4. Photo appears to be taken on a winter’s day…. snow on the sides of the porch and on the street. Looks like it was a very sturdy home.

  5. photo date is wrong – the building there now has a plumbing permit of 11/16/25, so this shot has to be before then. perhaps right before teardown?

  6. hmmm – caption at top lists 1925, but the browser address says benton-avenue-circa-1929. guess someone in the archives caught the date after posting.

  7. The circa 1925 date on the photo must be correct. If the houses shown here are on the NW corner of Benton St. and E. Broadway. According to local press, in July 1923 the heirs of a Casey family sold the quarter block on which this and other houses stood to Portland Van & Storage as an investment. For a reported $21,000. PV&S completed construction of their new storage warehouse (which now occupies the site) in the summer of 1925. The owner of PV&S retired in 1952 and turned the property over to Bekins Moving and Storage on a long lease option contract (for $500,000). So, the houses pictured here may have been demolished some time between 1923 and 1925.

  8. I admire this house also, particularly its detail and wrap around porch. I suspect the black and white photo does not do the house justice. Some porches look good from the street but don’t allow must room for comfort or privacy from the street. This porch offers spaces for the residents to interact with people on the side walk by the front door, and some private and more elevated porch space on the south side for people and vehicle watching. It is unfortunate that many grand houses built on major thorough fares are torn down because the house is a lucrative redevelopment site.

  9. Looking at the 1924 Sanborn, this is most likely the NW corner of Broadway & Ross, not Broadway & Benton. It shows a vacant lot at Benton, but a house identical to this one on Ross. The address would be 373 Ross.

  10. I don’t know if he’s still alive or not but Mr. Bekins son was a hardened con doing time in OSP the last time I read an Oregonian article about him.

  11. super cool to see the transit platform island in the center of Broadway. A very strange/inconvenient design which required passengers to descend stairs and tunnel under road to get to the platform.

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