It's a house out of a dream!

It's a house out of a dream!
Unknown Carpenter Gothic home

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Daniel Shea house in Portland Oregon

This photo is of the Danial Shea house. He came to Portland via the Barlow Trail in the 1850's. The original address for this home was 515 Flanders. Today that's roughly 1435 NW Flanders St. Miss Catherine McGuire is pictured on the porch. This cabinet card photo is from the Evangeline Philbin collection. The house is long gone.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Home at 7th and Halsey in Portland Oregon

I do not know the corner but this home once stood at 7th and Halsey in Portland Oregon. The people in the photo are Edith Matthews and her parents.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Razed and Put Right Back Together Again

I grew up in Seattle and spent many years carpooling past the William O McKay Ford and Pacific Lincoln Mercury Showroom buildings. Built in the 1920's, they were sort of like a lost sad sagging wedding cake among a drab stretch of the city; nothing like the construction boom enveloping South Lake Union today. A few years ago, when heading home for some holiday, I was kinda pissed when I noticed that the buildings were completely gone. Just gone. What I didn't know was that the buildings were registered historic in 2006 and what was replacing them would include them. So fast forward a few years when I saw the shiny new Allen Institute for Brain Science and Allen Institute for Cell Science buildings rise from the site. Only there was something odd. There was a flat concrete wall right at the sidewalk that was the exact shape and size of that beautiful pile. Naturally I took to "the Google" and found that the original structures, all 2,760 pieces of terra cotta, had been painstakingly removed and were going back. Well this Thanksgiving I again passed right by and pulled off to take some photos. What's even more amazing is it's not even really Facadism. There's an entirely reconstructed interior. Every piece just as it was. This is what we should expect of respectful builders in historic parts of the city. Without these 2 buildings if you stand at the corner there would be nothing more than 5 years old to be seen. Even the roads in the area have been entirely rerouted, widened, and even their directions altered. Paul Allen has financial ties to Portland so I wonder if we could have something this amazing here too.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Old Photo of the Howard Ashby / Frank Durbin House in Salem Oregon

I tend to pick up old images (especially cabinet photos) of cool old houses when I run across them. I bought this at an antique store in The Dalles Oregon. There is a Court Street in The Dalles but it's a very short street and I did a search of the Sanborn Maps of the city and found no house with this footprint. I had a sneaking suspicion that it might be Salem. Not really sure why. Maybe the flatness or the fan palm or that I knew there was a Court Street there too (not that that's unique to these 2 towns). Well I posted the photo on a facebook page all about the history of The Dalles and in less than a day I had 2 commenters (Jon Roderick and Sandra Rose) find the house!!!! This 1892 home still stands with a few alterations at 1517 Court Street NE. Can you believe it!!!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Telephone Exchange - Portland OR

This view of the New Telephone Exchange in 1949 shows the corner of SE 17th and Belmont though the buildings address is 1724 SE Morrison St. Some odd almost Brutalist remodeling but the original structure is still in there.