20 thoughts on “NW 23rd Avenue, 1974

  1. Interesting that the address is NW 23rd but it “faces” Pettygrove. Portland Maps says it’s owned by Earl Blumenauer.

  2. Very nice, stately home. I remember when Ford first came out with the Maverick they charged an extra $8.00 for a glove box door-otherwise you just got an open shelf! And I recall the heater was an extra charge as well. And now 40 years later, here comes Ford with the new Maverick SUV or truck.

  3. This home on old plumbing permits has an address of 2287 NW Pettygrove, but may have been given the address of 1400 NW 23rd. when was converted to use as a business.

  4. The porch stairway was moved from right to left. And, coincidentally, you can see the maple trees have just been planted in 1974, and how much they’ve grown in fifty years.

  5. The old cement steps and walkway that are seen in the 1974 photo leading from the front porch down to the sidewalk were still there in 2007. We don’t know when or why the front entrance approach was moved to the 23rd Ave side of the house, but it may have been due to 1) the lot next to the house became built on and 2) the main house pictured becoming a commercial establishment and they wanted the entrance moved to the NW 23rd side so folks could just walk in easily.
    Here is the view from July 2007:

  6. Off the subject but…I ordered a Maverick in September. Build date is for this week. Then apparently takes one to two months to reach dealership.

  7. Many of the houses in this area were built around a central area that was at the back of the lot and only accessible by the lot owners. I know the reason, does anyone else know?

  8. tomjones3, The early Ford Mavericks had no glove box. They had a full width shelf below the dash. No door for that was available.

  9. The original address of this house was 755 Pettygrove before the 1930’s renumbering of Portland. The earliest residents that I found for this house are from the 1900 US Census. Living at this address were William Hutton (38) a creamery engineer and his wife Betty (36) and 3 minor children. Also in the household was Margaret Leithoff (76) his mother in-law, and George Leithoff (43) his brother in-law, also Mary Herty (27) was a servant. George Leithoff’s name was mention in relation to Gambrinus Brewing which I think was in the area of 23rd and Burnside.

  10. Merlin, I had to go to wikipedia to get Maverick glove box door verification. Here’s what they said: Initially available only as a two-door sedan, early models lacked a glove compartment, which was added during the model year 1973 (early 1973 models still lacked a glove compartment). A four-door sedan on a 109.9-inch (2.791 m) wheelbase was introduced for 1971.[15]

  11. In the newer pictures it looks like maybe the original property line was fudge a little bit and the original entrance cement stairs was actually in the property next door?

  12. We had a Maverick Sprint, white with a blue vinyl top like the one in the picture, but also red and blue stripes with a 302. Very sporting, for a Maverick!

  13. So this picture is very interesting to me. If you look at the original picture I lived in the end apartment building (the white building just to the left of the house) across 23th Ave. I was there from 1958 through 1965. My parents lived in the unit until about 1977. While I lived in the unit it was a rented apartment. At some point in time the units were converted to condo’s. The apartment complex was built in 1950. The unit last sold on 8/21/2021 for $470,000 The manager lived under our unit and is now Mary Jane’s House of Glass. When I lived there train tracks came up Pettygrove St. and turned down 22 Ave. Every evening a switching engine would bring a group of box cars by to dropoff at the industrial buildings. The tracks were removed some time ago and this block now has a number of new housing units as the industrial buildings have been disappearing. Also while I was living on 23th, there was a Newspaper delivery truck garage located about 1 block away. During a Newspaper strike a bomb was set off in the garage. Most of the houses on 23th had families living in them, I want to school with kids living in them. It was not until the late 80’s that they were getting converted to retail stores. 22 Ave and 23rd was the transition zone between the industrial/railroad area of Portland and the much higher income West Hills.

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