Couch Park, 1972

The John Brown House in Couch Park, 1972. This house was initially saved from the wrecking ball and located in the park. It was demolished in 1973 after efforts to raise sufficient funds for restoration failed.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, John Brown House in Couch Park, A2012-005, 1972.

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, John Brown House in Couch Park, A2012-005, 1972.

 

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11 thoughts on “Couch Park, 1972

  1. I believe the original location of the John Brown house was directly across Everett street from this visually similar home.

  2. Captain John Brown (1844 – 1907) was the original owner of the house. He was a ship captain from Maine who settled in Portland in the 1870s. The house (built c.1898) was moved in 1970 to the spot where it was eventually demolished.

  3. After many days moving that house to couch park from 23rd they tore that beautiful house down. One of the stooooopidist things to ever occur in Portland and just plain sad.

  4. The house across the street at 2032 NW Everett is the home built for Gay Lombard in 1890. If you don’t already have this book (19th St by Richard Marlitt @1968 for the OHS) it is fascinating and reveals the beautiful homes of this area of Portland that unfortunately 90% are gone. The John Brown house has its own page in the book and a symbol by it stating that it is *existing. Sad indeed.

    https://www.amazon.com/Nineteenth-Street-Richard-Marlitt/dp/B000KF8RG4

  5. The picture above, that someone posted of the house being moved… While looking closer at the picture, I see that they were literally moving the house Over a parked car. You can see the car under the house at the left side of the house. I found that pretty amazing.

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