It's a house out of a dream!

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mystery of Lindeth Cottage at 47th and Stark St in Portland OR

Located at 47th and Stark is the most beautiful stone wall with carved entrance columns. "LINDETH" on one side and "COTTAGE" on the other. Today the wall is in front of a rather modern church structure. What ever could this Lindeth Cottage be? I figured I'd start with the Sanborn maps. These maps were created for fire insurance purposes and exist for Portland in various years (1889, 1901, 1905, 1908-09, and 1924). Up until 1909-1910 this land would mostly have been farmland that later became Laurelhurst and surrounding developments. Checking the 1908-09 maps show no structure as suspected. The next available year of 1924 also shows no structure. Something that lived there had a very short life. The last piece of the puzzle I was able to determine was from the City of Portland itself. The current property address, when searched, shows a construction date of 1917. Odd given the modern church but that must in some way be tied to the original structure. I still have no idea what the building looked like. Just a block away is the Wilbur Reid house built in 1914. It's a rather famous Arts & Crafts residence. Does anyone have photos of this cottage?

3 comments:

  1. The 1924 map shows a "dilapidated" cabin and what appears to be an accessory building on the north side of the lot. I live nearby in a house that was built in 1907. It doesn't show up on the 1908-09 Sanborn map, nor does the Reid "Green Gables" house which was later torn down and now has the Unity Church.

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  2. 60's and 70's: What is now the Unity Church parking lot on the NE corner of 47th and Stark was known to the neighborhood urchins as "Green Gables" and looked like it may have been a long neglected orchard - with no buildings. Kids occasionally road mini-bikes but mostly went there to hang out and smoke cigarettes. At least one of the trees in the parking lot has carved graffiti that is over 40 years old

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  3. I live close and have been checking. I too thought Green Gables was where Unity church us niw. But I found it listed as being located at 1343 E Stark. The Wilbur Reid house originally included 50 acres. I think it is currently one acre and for sale at $1.65 million.

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