SE Portland House, 1929 – Help Us Out!

Our record of finding the locations of these homes has not been so good lately; the last couple in Southeast Portland have still not been found. Here’s one more from the same year of 1929 and also in Southeast somewhere. Again this has a number displayed in front of it, evidently for some survey purpose. And again, not much to work with, no apparent house number or other identifier. Good luck!

(City of Portland Archives)

W.M. Killingsworth Home, c1910

Real estate businessman W.M. Killingsworth platted the Walnut Park addition to Portland in 1905. 80 acres were divided into 400 lots and deeds stated only residential buildings would be built. He built this fine home for himself facing N Alberta Street between N Vancouver and Commercial Avenues, and extended north past Sumner Street. Thanks to VP fan Roxanne for suggesting this image.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

John W. Kern Home, 1948

Here are two beautiful personal (non-professional) photos of the Captain John W. Kern home before it was demolished in 1949. The processor’s date stamped on the back is “August 4, 1948.” The mansion was located on SE Powell between 29th & 30th. Thanks to Bud Holland, who grew up in the neighborhood, for sending these great photos.

(Bud Holland)

Edgar Oscar Doud House, 1966

Posts about both the Marcus Delahunt house and the John W. Kern house generated comments about the long-gone house on the southeast corner of SE 54th and Morrison. That was the 1878 Edgar Oscar Doud home. Here is the story of the Doud family, the house, and its demolition in 1966.

(The Oregonian. Retrieved from

Captain John W. Kern Home, 1949

Portland pioneer Reverend Clinton Kelly built this fine home for his son-in-law and daughter, Captain and Mrs. John W. Kern, on top of Powell Hill in 1892. By 1947, the old Queen Anne-style mansion on SE Powell between 29th and 30th Streets was empty and isolated as the hill around it was removed to level the area. Two years later the house was pulled to the ground. Read the article accompanying this photo here, and read a feature-length 1948 article about the house, and the Kelly and Kern families, here. Thanks to VP fan Edmund Veith for supplying these articles.

(The Oregonian. Retrieved from