The first postcard at left shows The still extant Theodore B Wilcox residence. In the distance you can see the turret on the William Honeyman Residence and a pair of Tudor dormers on the Adolfe Wolfe REsidence. Both the Wilcox and Wolfe residences were replaced by the King Tower. The second postcard shows another view of those houses. All three of these houses were designed by Whidden & Lewis. Both postcards are taken on King Avenue in Portland, OR.
I found this photo on ebay. The seller said he was told by a historian that this photo was taken in front of 302 SE 3rd Ave. That would put this at the intersection of SE 3rd and Pine. The building in the background at right looks like it might have cast iron elements but it does have wood clapboard siding on the side so I'm not really sure that that was done. My book about cast iron architecture in Portland does not have any examples of East Portland cast iron which is unfortunate as there are some stunning examples in existence today which of course leads me to believe there were lots more in the past. Suggestions welcome.
Before the first St. Philip Neri Church was completed the Paulist Fathers were housed in the Graziano home on Division Street. It was moved to near the corner of SE 21st and Clinton to make way for a New Seasons grocery store. Today it is a restaurant and apartments and has an added 3rd story. The second photo shows the original St. Philip Neri Church built between 1913-14. Today it appears much the same and can be seen in it's original location at the corner of SE 16th Ave and Hickory Street in Ladd's Addition. The last surviving structure is The Rectory which is also at it's original location on Tamarack Street between Hickory St and Division St. All of these images were taken from a 1938 Paulist Julilee publication in my personal collection.
Aside from those awesome sleeves, this photo captures a pretty wonderful old house. Simple but very pretty. Amazing tall windows with shutters. Small stoop cover. I wish I had a photo of the back. Looks like some interesting windows back there.
This amazing photo of a not quite complete cast concrete block duplex was located at 407 Benton St. It was near the corner of Benton and Dixon. That entire street (just 8 blocks long) along with Dixon and others was ripped out to build the Colosseum along with other industrial "improvements".
The following images are of a home built by the Hillis family. Possibly Van Nuys, California. These photos detail construction in the middle of nowhere to a leafy paradise from 1916 to 1922. Nice hand tinted images.
Circa 1912 view of a decorated car from Pasadena that won the Grand Prize in the Automobile Parade during the Rose Parade. It is photographed in from of R. E. Blodgett which was a Firestone Tire distributor. 510 SW Alder (old address) in downtown Portland.
Initially what drew me to this image was the unusual gas (I think) fixture in the center. Also an unusual pairing of double bare bulb sockets..... But what really sealed the deal was the Ricki Lake looking chef standing on the table. The image has numbered people but unfortunately they don't have first names. They are as follows should you know these people: #1 Mr. Lowe, #2 Mr Dunning, #3 Mayor Leonard, #4 Judge Holland, #5 Mr. G. Krause, #6 Mayor Hungerford, #7 Mr. N. Giddings, #8 Judge Harris, #9 Mr. Cully, and #10 Mr. Brinke.
The corner of SE 13th and Spokane is visited today more for Italian food than theater. Fortunately it looks pretty much the same as it did over a hundred years ago. See also the January 23rd 1910 Oregonian article about it's planned construction.
OK so technically this is not really architecture (less the arbor-like structure in the background) but it was just such a surprise in a new batch of family photo albums I recently acquired after the death of my great uncle. I don't think anyone in this image is a relative however. I assume this is the service to the Cliff House built in 1909 and not the earlier more famous structure that burned down in 1907.
Wonderful though slightly damaged stereoview of the June of 1876 flood in Portland. This image was taken by Buchtel & Stolte. This image is First Street and the photographer is standing at First and Pine facing NE. There are 2 structures in the image that survive today and those are the New Market Theater built in 1872 and the New Market Block built in 1871. Both wonderful original cast iron buildings. Some other cast iron beauties in this photo that are gone today are Glisan's Block of 1869 and the 1883 Reid's Block. There are 2 older wooden structures including the Steilacoom Lager Beer Depot (also called the Gambrinus) and Oregon Bakery that are too long gone. Note also the wonderful early street light.