12 thoughts on “Washington Park, 1919

  1. Those must be [the] tennis courts going in on the right. And it’s interesting to see the car tracks in the muddy roadway.

    Those homes on the hill must be on what is now SW Rutland Terrace and it’s hard to tell if they’re still around.

    The house at the end of Kingston Drive in this photo may still be there. The car seen parked my be on what is now possibly SW Parkside Drive but, it’s hard to tell for certain.

  2. I found the house that’s barely visible below the dark house with white trim on portlandmaps.com. 114 SW Kingston was built in 1918 so the date works. The dark house is across Burnside, probably on NW Macleay or Beuhla Vista but I can’t find any that were built before 1919.

  3. I found the white house at the far right: 2520 NW Mildred. It was built in 1915. Given that it’s lower on the hill I think the dark house was more likely on NW Beuhla Vista. There are some empty lots that could have been its location.

  4. So NW Mildred is on the north side of Burnside (then Washington St.) in the Kings Heights neighborhood.

    There is a large colonial on the east side of Kingston where it turn to go down to Burnside that was built in 1918 that is out of view.

    Are there more tennis courts in this photo than remain today?
    The Arlington Heights neighborhood was platted with covenant restrictions prohibiting ownership by asians and blacks and overnight stays. The restrictions were eventually became illegal with the enactment of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.

  5. As a young man new to Portland in the middle of the last century I was a tennis enthusiast. I used and was familiar with all the west side public tennis courts. When the single small public park courts were full we would hop in a car and drive to the next closest court to see if the wait was shorter. I once suggested to my tennis partner that we try the Washington park courts and he told me that there was a ban against “Asians” playing at the Washington Park courts (he was a Chinese American born in Portland). Years later, when signing the mortgage papers for the house I purchased in Arlington Heights the Mortgage company pointed out that although unenforceable the deed still retained language prohibiting people of Asian and African decent from purchasing the property.

    A side note: The tennis courts are built on fill placed there while developing Kingston Ave and the rose gardens. That plateau is consistently sliding down hill to the east towards the Rose Gardens this is the reason the court surfaces are broken, cracked and uneven.

  6. Something that seems incredible to us now – the ARCHERY FIELD further down the road on the Washington Park loop! We used to hang out there as teens – never anyone around. I’m sure those straw targets are long gone. Days before we worried about liability, I guess!

  7. not sure if it is in the same place, but there is still an archery field with straw targets in the park. always has people using it when i go by.

  8. Debby, I remember the archery field. First place I tripped on a cloud 8 miles high and tore my mind on a jagged sky, never forget the experience there.

  9. The archery fields are still there! I walked by not more than a month ago and there were at least a dozen people there using it for its intended purpose.

  10. Tim- haha! That’s why the teens loved it there. I can’t believe they’re still letting people shoot arrows in the park – but at the same time, it’s almost reassuring!

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