13 thoughts on “NE Broadway, 1949

  1. Anyone want to take a shot at what that is, hanging off the tail pipe or spring of that Chevy. Some sort of gee-whiz wonder from the pages of Mechanics Illustrated I’m guessing.

  2. This was once a very fine example of a late-Victorian shingle-style home with many Queen Ann influences. The “monkey-puzzle” tree in front was purported to be from a seedling purchased at the Lewis & Clark Exposition. Sadly the roof was neglected for so long that water seepage filled the house with dry rot and black mold and even the plaster on the first floor was crumbling. Here’s a link to a picture of the inside of the house shortly before the city condemned it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/deadmemoriesportland/search/?query=Holston

  3. It looks like the peak at the rear has no shingles, just the underlying roof slats open to the attic. Can’t be a good thing in wet rainy Portland. It would be nice to see a picture of it in better times.

  4. They started demolition on this house in 1950. A “Miss Myrtle Holson” age 67 lived in it right up to that time even with large holes in the roof. There were boxes full of papers,rags newspaper articles etc.laying around the interior. It was built by her Grandfather 84 years previously and several of her relatives had lived and died in the house.

  5. interesting bit of history D. Johnson, but if the house was demolished in 1950, that means if it stood for 84 years, it would have been built in 1866. I’m thinking 1876 or 1886 is more likely.

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