12 thoughts on “SW 8th Avenue, 1957

  1. Oregonian, August 15, 1937 (p. 23):

    “HOLMES FOR HOMES: BURLINGAME Cor. S.W. Chestnut and 8th Ave. THIS NEW, extra modern, 2 bdrms. down, finished second floor, air-conditioned home, on a large cor. lot, offers you a real chance to save money on present construction costs. See this TODAY. It is a BEAUTY. 608 Pittock Block. OPEN FROM 2 p.m. AT 2032”

    Burlingame is a neighborhood in Portland. The Pittock Block is the downtown office complex where Holmes had his office; I think AT 2032 is a telephone number (from the pattern I see in other ads on this page). I wish the ad had a price; other houses on the same page go from a little over $1000 to around $6000.

  2. ATwater was a telephone exchange back in the day. Portland had six digit telephone numbers until the mid-50’s.

    Our number where I grew up in SW Portland was CHerry; the houses on the heights were CIrcle. Same numbers, 2 and 4.

  3. @Islander. “Air conditioned”? In 1937? What does that mean?

    In addition, according to portlandmaps.com the house on the corner (with the wall) wasn’t built until 1949.

  4. @Steven — I, too, wondered about the air conditioning. I was just reading the digitized Oregonian (on the Multnomah Public Library’s website) so copied the ad verbatim. I’m glad you found a date for the house on the corner with the wall. My input was just to give an idea of what was in the vicinity; I wasn’t sure it was THE house.

  5. Taking Steven’s cue, I looked at portlandmaps.com and noticed a house at 762 SW Chestnut which was built in 1937, the year the ad I found earlier advertised its new house. According to portlandmaps, It’s definitely on a large corner of SW 8th and Chestnut.

    Going back to the public library’s digital Oregonian, I found one funeral notice, dated March 2, 1948 for Frederick C. Brown, aged 65 years, of that address (and late of Melbourne, Australia); “beloved husband of Dorothy: father of Mrs. Alfred Evans, Portland.” If I were near a set of City Directories, I’d follow up further, but am unable to travel today.

  6. Found the answer to our A/C question in Popular Mechanics, December 31, 2014:

    1914 Air conditioning comes home for the first time. The unit in the Minneapolis mansion of Charles Gates is approximately 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, 20 feet long and possibly never used because no one ever lived in the house.

    1931 H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman invent an individual room air conditioner that sits on a window ledge—a design that’s been ubiquitous in apartment buildings ever since. The units are available for purchase a year later and are only enjoyed by the people least likely to work up a sweat—the wealthy. (The large cooling systems cost between $10,000 and $50,000. That’s equivalent to $120,000 to $600,000 today.)

  7. This house on this corner is 812 SW Chestnut St. I have walked by it, and that beautiful wall many times. Wonderful old neighborhood with classic homes.

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