11 thoughts on “NW 23rd Avenue, 1919

  1. From The Morning Oregonian:

    January 16, 1899, p. 21

    The George Lawrence Co. Leading Harness And Saddlery House In The Northwest –Known for More than 20 Years by the Trade – Their Large Portland Establishment

    “Throughout the agricultural and vast stock-growing districts of the Northwest the firm of George Lawrence & Co. has been known for the past 20 years. Everywhere that harness, saddles and leather is used the firm has a reputation for A1 goods that is at once the admiration and envy of all competitors.”

    March 4, 1918 p. 12
    Active Life Closed — Mrs. George Lawrence Loved for Her Many Kind Deeds. Funeral To Be Held Today

    “In the passing of Mrs. George Lawrence, Sr., on Saturday, Portland lost one of its finest, noblest women, one who at all times had a sympathy for the poor and unfortunate, one who never refused to help those in sorrow or want.

    Eighty-six years of good service to family, friends and humanity were closed when Mrs. Lawrence lay down to her final rest. Mrs. Lawrence leaves her husband, four children, four grandchildren and scores of sincere and loving friends to mourn her loss…”

    (She was born in New Ross, Ireland, married in Dublin, and the couple began making their home in Portland in 1874.)

    “Mr. Lawrence establish[ed] himself in business and beginning an enviable career in the business world, and his wife caring for her family and her home and doing her part in the everyday life of the community.

    The funeral services will be held at the family residence, 752 Flanders street, at 2 o’clock today.”

  2. Just looked up the 1918 address in the “Past Portland” website and discovered:
    2282 NW Flanders Street, formerly 752 Flanders Street


  3. Pretty sure this is the SE corner – you can see the Fordham apartments to the upper right in the background. Not sure if the Studebaker Automobiles was the side of a building (Uptown Billiards?) or just a sign on/near Burnside.

  4. His building is still standing on the SE corner of 1st and Oak. It was remodeled in the eighties, but I doubt retrofitted. As it appears to be a URM.

  5. Islander, are you related to the Lawrence family? I worked in an architectural office in the Lawrence building in the early 1980’s and knew Laurie Lawrence. I remember he was really excited when newly elected Ronald Reagan wore a Lawrence Co. Belt and buckle.

  6. Vlad, I’m a retired academic librarian who just likes to look things up in historical sources, so I found the information today in The Historical Oregonian — available online via Multnomah County Public Library. I’m not related to the Lawrences.

  7. Portlandmaps.com shows a historic plumbing permit for this address under the 328-338 NW 23rd Ave. address. On the historic plumbing permit it says it was “wrecked” on 1-15-1954. It shows a new permit for a new “1-story service station” about that same time.

  8. concerning the Lawrence Building still standing on 1st street. Our Architectural office included the original walk-in safe in which we kept our collection of antique architectural drawings from many of Portlands earliest and most successful architects.
    I remember one day the old loading dock door was open on the side of the building and Laurie Lawrence was standing next to this incredibly old loading dock scale. It was original to the building and what struck me about it was that it was not designed like a machine would be designed today. The main sliding scale supports were made of cast iron and in the shape of Greek Doric columns.

  9. I’m Bill (“Lawrie”) Lawrence III. (84). I don’t remember the Geo. Lawrence house, but know that after the house was demolished there was a gas station there. Then the Lawrence family sold the property to Rose’s bakery and restaurant for a parking lot.

    I spent my career operating the leather goods mfg. division of the Geo Lawrence Co from its centennial year 1957 until the building was sold and the business discontinued in 1985. Recently, I loaned the bldg. owners and management old photos of the Co. which they enlarged and hung in the lobby and mezzanine. They also applied an image of the factory on one entire wall of the lobby. Business offices now occupy the building. It stands on the S.E. corner of S.W. First and Oak Sts.

    I also donated a large archive of artifacts to The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center museum in The Dalles where they have an extensive permanent GLCo. exhibit.
    It’s a lovely museum. I encourage you to visit.

    I’m willing to try to answer any questions that you have on the above subjects.

    Wm. C. Lawrence III

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