21 thoughts on “Fairview Homes, 1944

  1. Looking at a site plan for Fairview Homes they were located North of Halsey St. and South of the Railroad right of way, and most of the units were built West of of what today is known as NE 238th Dr, but on the site plan it is call when built it Arata Rd. There were 264 units that were likely constructed for workers at the Reynolds Aluminum in Troutdale and a 1955 aerial view shows all homes had been remove.

  2. Why can’t we build housing like this for the homeless today? We built so much low cost housing during WW2 what has changed?

  3. By June of 1953 The Housing Authority of Portland was advertising for sealed bids to remove the war housing project known as Fairview Homes.

  4. Looks like the young girl is doing her best to enjoy a nice summer afternoon; perhaps she’s on her way home from a friend’s house.

    These apartments were no-nonsense low-cost, functional structures with each unit complete with its own clothesline & wood trash enclosure; there’s even a park bench for folks to use should they live in one of the more sociable sections of the complex.

    I see the roads were unpaved gravel, which makes it tough to keep your clothes clean as they dry; but that’s all part of the magic of wearing wind-blown, sun-dried clothes. I remember wearing them and I thought they were very nice – “what’s a little dust” anyway, it wasn’t noticeable.

    The car nearest the camera is tough to identify. It comes closest to a 1939 Chevrolet Master Series JB 2-Door; however, this car had a side wind wing window, and the one in this picture doesn’t. Also, the license plate mounting on this car is off-center and I couldn’t find any like this.

    The other car looks like a 1931 Ford Model A Sedan.

  5. Mike my best guess is that they are an enclosure to keep garbage cans in, and you will notice a garbage can next the one on the far left of the photo. The fierce East wind coming out of the Columbia River Gorge would have trash blowing every where unless it is contained. A few years ago while in Troutdale I noticed the garbage, recycling, and yard debris roller cans had a rubber strap attached to the lids so it could be secured.

  6. I going to go out on a limb here, I think the little two door is a Ford Anglia, likely a 1939 that was imported to the US. The first thing I noticed was it small and narrow. The second was the headlight placement. If it is what I think, I’d like to know who was selling English Fords in Portland in 1939.

    See what you think…

  7. Chris Slama: Looks like you got it. From the gas filler cap placement to the shape of the trunk and the back window to the swoosh on the front door.

  8. Excellent job, Chris Slama. No wonder I couldn’t connect all the dots restricting my search to American cars. Yes, I began to suspect it was perhaps a foreign car with the offset license plate, tail lights, headlight placement, and mud flaps. It may have been underpowered, but this car would have been a smart choice for Portland (provided the dealer offered good service and availability of parts.

  9. Chris , I must agree that it does appear to match the Ford Anglia, but there is only one problem I found. Ford did not start importing the Anglia into North America until 1948 so today’s photo may be a post war photo.
    Info I found indicates in the spring of 1948 Ford began importing the Anglia (2 Dr.) Perfect (4 Dr.) and Thames 1/4 & 1/2 ton vans to the U.S. and Canada under the banner “North America Sales and Service”, and they were sold at Ford dealers. Ford began selling prewar style vehicles, and the motivation for importation came from the British government’s “Export or Die” policies. Local newspapers do not mention this vehicle until 1948 when stories mention that Francis Ford and Wolfard Motor Co. at 12th & W. Burnside would be the local dealers.

  10. I suspect those ’huts’ are coalbins. Seems to be no side door to remove a dustbin, the one has its top opened. Which is too small opening to lift a dustbin in-out thru, nevermind that nobody would want to lift a filled dustbin that high anyway.
    Further, other wartime housing had similar ’huts’ which definitely coalbins.

  11. SRK after reading your comment I think you may have correctly identified what the wooded boxes are used for, In my earlier comment today the ad that was calling for bids to remove Farview Homes mentioned that the units had coal ranges and coal space heaters, I also looked for these wooded boxes in other VP photos and located a photo on February 7, 2013 that has wooden box on the far left of the photo with a small door at the bottom open with what looks like a black material inside that could be coal.

  12. Dennis, On taking a look at another photo of Fairview Homes in this folder, same date, (A2001-025.170), it appears as if the buildings are ‘crisper’, less weathered and if you zoom in, there is less soot in the chimneys. That said, with the Ford arriving post-war on the scene, I would say this is a post-war photo. Great sleuthing, Dennis.
    I would not think these little Fords would have sold very well. However, when you think of the shortage of new cars after the war, coupled with post-war inflation, and I could see why a cheap, inexpensive to operate car would appeal to some.
    Here is another video, this time of a post-war Anglia. Little change in design. A “cracking example”! Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmBZ4i1ArAc

  13. Just a thiought; Its possible someone who had bought the Anglia in England and moved to the U.S simply brought it with them.

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