14 thoughts on “SE Alder Street, 1970

  1. this is a block away… the 3 victorian houses are still there the fourth house all the way on the right is no longer there… the addition that was built onto washington high sometime in the 60’s is visible in the background to the left of the picture but that was razed a few years ago when the high school was renovated…

    if you go back and read old newspaper clippings from this time… and talk to old timers… buckman was in trouble… most of the victorian houses were in serious disrepair… the neighborhood was mostly inhabited by burned out hippies and day laborers who’s fortunes were drying up as those types of jobs were starting to disappear…. and junkies. lots of junkies. highest rate of poverty in the city… large concentration of social services in the neighborhood… many of which still exist today… including the methadone clinic… buckman was in such bad shape back then there were talks of razing the entire neighborhood and starting over… glad they didn’t…

    way more trees in front of those houses now.

  2. These three homes ARE still standing and being maintained much better than they once were. The single-story with the fireplace on the right didn’t survive.

    Today’s (silly) parked car sweepstakes: VW= 2, GM= 4, Ford= 1, Rambler= 1.

    In 1970, the roadway was littered with discarded trash, today it’s green waste.

  3. Also, in this time frame wasn’t a swath of houses in the area doomed by some intended highway/freeway?

  4. I love the architecture. Presently I commute on foot through this neighborhood & it’s brimming with beautiful old houses! Nowadays enhanced by more trees planted and people’s gardens!

  5. Clare the freeway I believe you are thinking of is the abandon Mt. Hood freeway which would not have been in this area. The proposed Mt. Hood freeway would have started in the area of the Marquam bridge and would run to the south side of Division st. to approx. 50th where it would follow a alignment next to Powell Blvd. to SE 122. There are several maps showing the proposed freeway online.

    Mike the station wagon I do believe is a approx. 1967-1968 Chevy Chevelle .

  6. Back in ’73 my uncle bought one of those derelict lowlife renter & drug infested Victorian houses. Just days before the scheduled bulldozer. 7700 sq ft on a double lot for 14k$.
    He spent a several years living there fixing it up and splitting up into flats.

  7. One of these houses has the address 1415 SE Alder. According to the city’s property tax records, and real estate sites such as Redfin, it was sold in 1990 for $66,000 and the RMV is now just shy of half a million dollars. “Past Portland” gives the pre-renumbering address as 589 E. Alder, built in 1907. [Other sources say 1900.] Past Portland further says that in 1940 it was the home of G. Frank Thompson, cabinet maker at Doernbecher Manufacturing Company, married to Hattie B. Thompson, and in 1956 Cora A Dowd, employee at Reserve Life Insurance Company lived there.

    A search through the Historical Oregonian has an interesting set of ads associated with the house. The following are samples of some that often ran numerous times. In 1915 (Feb. 7, p. 12) “Single rooms for young man, newly furnished, plenty of heat and hot water, $8 per month.” In 1917 (May 28, p. 17) “589 E. Alder; near 14th st.; walking distance; 6-room modern house. Owner, Dr. Lindsey, 810 Morgan bldg.. Phone Main 6960.” In 1923 (June 23, p. 18) “6-room house, newly tinted, for $40 per month. 589 E. Alder st. P.B. Van Nice, agent.” Someone seems to have sublet part of it in 1928 (August 7, p. 15) “Large room, kitchenette. Phone EA 7807. 589 E. Alder.” And in 1930 (Aug. 7, p. 13), “$25.00, 6-rm unfurn. House, close to car and school. 589 E. Alder st. TR 6917.”

    Later, when its address is the current 1415 SE Alder, we find ads for “room and board, $12 a week. Man work[ing] day shift to share double bed. One block transp. 1415 SE Alder.” (Feb. 28, 1943, p. 35) In 1962 (Sept. 1, p. 23), “OPEN 1415 SE Alder, owner, 3 bedroom, clean, FCB, oil ht, 1-1/2 bath, grade schls. $7,950.” And in 1980 (Sept. 27, p. 46), 3 BEDROOM, 1-1/2 Bath, Victorian Home, 1415 SE Alder. $425 mo.”
    In 1984 (June 10 p. 79) there was an ad AUCTION CALL – This TRUE VICTORIAN HOME, built in 1900, will be sold at auction today, Sunday, June 10. It has 3 bedrooms, 1-1/4 baths, leaded windows, bay windows. OPEN TODAY 3:30-6:30 PM 1415 SE Alder, Then go to the AUCTION SALE 7:00 PM at the NW Service Center, 1819 NW Everett. All Proceeds Benefit League of Women Voters.”

  8. Liz let me share some info on these three houses from their historic plumbing records. All three were built at the same time and they were all listed as new but the handwriting is rather poor with each inspection card showing the owner as Mrs (?) Lindsay ( Lindsey) The earliest date on each card is November 19, 1906, with all homes having their final inspection on January 3, 1907, and final certification issued on January 5, 1907

    Dr. W.A. Lindsey was mentioned in the Oregonian on 8/27/17 in a story that his home at 959 Council Crest Dr. had been robbed.

  9. @clare i remember seeing an article from the 70’s when i was doing some research that showed a plan that was shot down… that plan i think was to bulldoze everything between hawthorne and burnside from the river up to 39th i think… someone like Val C might have more details about that… it was separate from the mt. hood freeway project and i don’t think was more than an idea and some drawings… but buckman was for sure an eyesore and a “problem” for the city at that point. probably if the city had more money back then they probably would have torn everything down… i think the lack of capitol had a lot to do with neighborhoods like this being spared the wrecking ball…

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