It's a house out of a dream!

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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Great view of the Powell's Books parking garage

Thanks to the stumptownblogger for posting this great image. What a perfect survivor, especially on West Burnside! Even the stain from the old sign in there. Wouldn't that be a PERFECT spot to recreate one that says Powell's Books!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Victorian Study - Genesee Wisconsin

Great interior photo of a study in a church parsonage in Genesee Wisconsin. Appears to be dated 1889 but the 10/10 89 written on the front of the cabinet card might be something else. Great details in wall-paper and furniture. Even a great cast iron stove! The most interesting element is an unusual Spanish quote above the bookcase. It says "Fiel es El que ha prometido" which is kind of translated as "faithful is he who has promised" or something like that. Might even be part of the wallpaper border but I'm not sure.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Governor Sylvester Pennoyer's home

I ran across this wonderful image on eBay. As you can see in the photo it was the Miller & Tracy Funeral Home by the early 1920's. I did a little digging with the help of the Oregonian's Historical Archive and found an original address for that funeral home as 178 Ella Street (renamed 20th Place). Fortunately that street is really short running only about a block on either side of Burnside so it was easy to find the structure labeled "178" on the 1909 Sanborn map of the area. The structure that sits in this exact location is the Pennoyer Building which is clearly old but looks nothing like the 1880's home in the photo. After a bit of further sleuthing and I discovered that the Sylvester Pennoyer home (today named the Pennoyer Buliding) was actually built in 1888. Some intense remodeling but it's still there.....somewhere.....