Where many people shrug their shoulders over progress, historian and architect William J. Hawkins feels the pain of loss. “We’ve lost so much history,” he laments as he thumbs through photos of the great mansions of Portland that have been torn down.
Hawkins was one of five jurors who picked the 10 Greatest Houses of Portland. He, along with Cathy Galbraith and Jack Bookwalter—all three historic preservationists—pushed to include in the top 10 one house that had been demolished “to stand for all t
Fechheimer House, 1880
Italianate Albert H. Jordan, architect
One of a quartet of homes that once graced the South Park Blocks near where the Ione Plaza tower rises today, the Fechheimer House was a show
Ralph and Isaac Jacobs Houses, 1880
Italianate Warren H. Williams, architect
Identical but reversed in plan, these two houses—also located on the South Park Blocks—influenced numerous other soon-to-be-bu
Forbes House, 1887
Once located on the northwest corner of SW Vista and Park Ave where Portland’s only co-op now rises, the Forbes House hails from the most decorative period in America
Snow House, 1891
Whidden and Lewis
Once located at NW Johnson and 20th, this house was designed by the firm that most defined Portland of this era. Though it may appear simple from a dis
Inman House, 1926
This highly ornate Queen Anne Victorian stood where the Ross Island Bridgehead sits today.
Dr. Merle Moore House, 1948
One of the exquisite suite of Portland homes included in Jo Stubblebine’s 1953 monograph, “The Northwest Architecture of Pietro Belluschi,” this house, once located at 2020
Some of the greatest Portland treasures lost to the wrecking ball.
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