22 thoughts on “Mt. Tabor, circa 1930

  1. That is the Massachusetts building in the background. It was moved to Mt. Tabor after the Lewis & Clark Exposition to become the home of S.B. Josselyn. Later it became a sanitarium.

  2. From PDX history “The Massachusetts Building (left rear) was moved, piece by piece, to what is now about 65th & Belmont after the Lewis & Clark Exposition ended in 1905. Mt. Tabor Car 438 is shown making a Sunnyside run. “

  3. soooo… is the track on a raised viaduct, and the camera lens plus distance makes for an odd background perspective – or is that gazebo really only 3 feet high?

  4. Does this building still exist? I have never heard of it. I thought the only surviving Louis & Clark exhibition Buildings were in St. Johns and Oaks park? This building would be quite a bit better quality than any of the fore mentioned.

  5. Interesting info. Thanks all. So, I’m guessing we’re looking sort of South(west) towards Mt. Tabor here? Such an elaborate tiered garden/landscape and pond… It would be interesting to see this general area today.

  6. No Mr. Dave north and east. The house was off of Scott Drive and SE 67th. There have been previous posts about that house on this site.

  7. The Massachusetts building was purchased by Crystal Springs Sanitarium, and moved to their property on North slope of Mt Tabor (Oregonian 1905) In 1910 B. S. Josselyn purchased the Massachusetts building and 4.5 acres of Crystal Springs Sanitarium’s approx 24 acres for a reported $35k and spent an additional $10k to remodel the building, and the rest of the property was sold as building lots. Mr Josselyn was the President of Portland Railway, Light & Power street car line. Crystal Springs Sanitarium changed their name to Morningside hospital and move to SE 96th and Stark, which has been the location of Mall 205 since the late 60’s or early 70’s. The house is said to have been vacant for several year, and that it was destroyed by fire in the 50’s

  8. I’m not clear as to the alignment of the tracks. I don’t remember a ridge to the north of Mt. Tabor nor do I see one on 3D maps. So, I’m guessing they were aligned along Scott or Morrison given the location of the house but ?

  9. Stephen: the streetcar went up Belmont on the west slope of Tabor, and back down on Yamhill on the East side. Overall Tabor is a bit like a camel: there’s one peak in the park, then it drops down to Belmont on the north, then climbs again to Stark. If you’re looking at the street map, you can see Washington/Thornburn veer to the north to get around the second part of Mt. Tabor.

  10. B S Josselyn sold the Massachusetts building in September 1915 to a group of investors who were represented by accountant Arthur Clark and it was proposed to be for a bachelors club. Mr Josselyn received $16k in cash, 11K in a second mortgage, 60 acres of timber 8 miles from Hood River, and additional properties in Portland. This information comes from the Oregonian at the time of sale, and places the Josselyn house (Massachusetts building) on SE Scott Dr., just below SE Belmont.

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