Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Winter 1922: Circle Park Controversy

The Oregonian, 18 Dec 1921
Objectors Are Answered
Laurelhurst Building Proposal Held Legal
Building Restrictions Declared Not to Bar Structure Designed for Purpose of Market

That building restrictions in Laurelhurst never had applied to the small park block at East 39th and Glisan streets was the answer yesterday of the Laurelhurst company, Paul C. Murphy andd the J.W. McFadden Building company to the injunction suit filed in the circuit court by A.C. Ward and other residence owners seeking to prevent the erection of a combined meat market, grocery and drug store at the location.

It is further asserted that the companies planning to erect such a building--which, it is claimed, would have all the artistic appearance of a private residence--are financially interested in maintaining the "class" of the residential district to a far greater extent than any of the petitioners.

Up to November 28 last the Laurelhurst company maintained its business office on the park block in question and the building has always been a voting place for elections. The block is not a part of Laurelhurst Northeast, Laurelhurst Southwest, and the restrictions on Laurelhurst Northwest were never placed on nor intended for block A and B of that plat, it is asserted.

The McFadden Company contends that it would be the last to desire property values injured by permitting undesirable business houses to enter Laurelhurst, claiming to have for sale homes in that district ranging in price from $5000 to $38,500.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Nov 1917: All Saints Church

The Oregonian 4 Nov 1917
New Church in Laurelhurst to Be of Tudor Gothic Style
Work is well underway on the new All Saints' Roman Catholic Church, to be built at East 39th and Hoyt Streets, in Laurelhurst. The church edifice for which the architects are Jacobberger & Smith, will be of the Tudor Gothic style. The chapel will be all wood panels and beams. The rectory will be attached to the church building, and will include an office, living room, kitchen and four bedrooms, in additional to the sacristy, which is partly in the rectory and partly in the church building proper. The cost of the church is to be about $10,000.

The Oregonian, 21 Jan 1918
New Chapel is Dedicated
Archbishop Christie Presides at Services at Laurelhurst

A beautiful service yesterday morning was the dedication of All Saints Chapel at Laurelhurst. The Rt. Rev. Alexander Christie, archbishop of Oregon, presided at the mass delivered and the dedicatory sermon.

Father de Lorimer sang the mass and in the ceremonies Father William Cronin, who build the church and who is its pastor, assisted. The new building is at East 39th and Glisan streets, in Laurelhurst, and already has a large membership. It is artistically designed and well situated. The parishioners are taking a decided interest, as was evidenced yesterday in the good attendance at the ceremonies.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sep 1914: Henry Lot Auction

The Oregonian, 20 Sep 1914
Real Estate Auction
The real estate to be sold at auction by Chas. K. Henry on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, the 28th, 29th, and 30th of September, the sale to be held in the ball room of the Multnomah Hotel at 8PM each evening will embrace the following properties, which will be sold on the respective dates for cash or part cash to the highest bidder.

[Sorry, I'm not going to type out the listings.]
The above properties are being sold by me on account of having been forced to take them from a certain Trust company, and as I am not living in the city I have concluded to offer them to the buying public, having every assurance that the goods are attractive to intelligent buyers.

It is true that we have many pessimists in Portland, but sensible men and women know the time to buy property is when it can be had cheap and when everybody is selling.

The eyes of the world are upon, and the longings of millions of people are to be in, the United States, which, under the guidance of our clear-headed, far-sighted, patriotic President Wilson (the cleverest and best President the country has had since the martyred Lincoln), is as certain to grow as that the sun will rise, and cities like Portland must grow also.

No man or woman can make a mistake in buying such properties as the above at the present prevailing prices. These lots will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of company list prices.

I will be at my former office in the Henry Bldg, telephone, Marshall 892, from 9 to 5 each day and will give any information as to terms, conditions, etc., wanted. Inspect the property and be ready with your bids, as we do mean business.

Charles K. Henry (signed)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dec 1913: Laurelhurst School

The Oregonian, 28 Dec 1913
School Site Obtained
Board Buys Laurelhurst Block from Mead & Murphy
Price Paid for Land is $33,500 and Suggestion is Made to Establish Cottage Plan Institutions

The Portland School Board completed negotiations last week for a new school site in Laurelhurst consisting of a block bounded by Royal Court, Laurelhurst Ave, East 41st and East 52nd Streets. The property was purchased from Mead & Murphy for $33,500.

Several suggestions have been made regarding the type of school to be erected. Although the School Board declined to give definite information on the subject, it is probable that the new school will consist of a number of cottages built around the exterior of the block, with a court in the center, in what is known as the cottage school system.

This, say the supporters of the plan, would insure safety in case of fire, besides preventing the disturbance of students in one room by confusion in another.

The people of Laurelhurst are enthusiastic over the new school, for it is in the center of an area of 677 blocks between East 28th, East 10th, East 57th, North and East Hancock Streets, which has formerly been without a school. It is asserted that some of the children have been walking a distance of 23 blocks to school.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jun 1913: Albee Home

The Sunday Oregonian, 15 Jun 1913
Mayor-Elect Albee's Home in Laurelhurst One of Portland Most Striking Residences
Arrangement of Interior is Along Simple Lines, Although Finish is of Costly Material--
Individual Ideas is Carried Out in General Design--Dwelling Represents Investment of $35,000
Among Portland's most beautiful homes is the residence of Mayor-elect H.R. Albee, which is situated on East Ankeny street, in Laurelhurst (overlooking Ladd Park). The house is unique in many details and was designed in accordance with Mr. Albee's individual ideas of residence construction.

It is a two-story brick structure and was built at an approximate cost of $25,000. Together with the site the home represents an investment of more than $35,000.

The interior is of elaborate finish, yet is designed along plain lines, giving a restrained and homelike atmosphere. The library is finished in quarter-sawn oak, the walls and ceiling being paneled with the same material. The drawing room is in white enamel. The dining room is exquisite with its finish in selected West Indian mahogany. One of the features of the house is the beautiful mahogany staircase leading from the entrance hall. The sleeping apartments are finished in hand-rubbed old ivory and white enamel.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1913 Updates

The Sunday Oregonian, 26 Jan 1913
Many Beautiful and Costly Homes Built Recently in Laurelhurst
Nearly 500 Dwellings, Modern and Distinctive in Design, Are Completed Since This Fine Addition Was Opened.

Many of the most beautiful homes in Portland have been erected in Laurelhurst in the past year and the district now contains between 400 and 500 homes of the best character. The foregoing pictures illustrate types of some of the dwelling of recent construction in this residence district. Many prominent Portland men have homes in this district. The homes of W.L. Saunders, D.H. Brown, recently of Saginam, Mich., Herr Waidemar Lind, and the residence erected by Frank A. Steele for the Chapin-Harlow Company and the home of H.R. Albee are also types of construction in this addition erected the past year.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jun 1913: Henry Residence Sold

The Oregonian, 14 Jun 1913
The C.K. Henry Residence to be Sold at Auction TODAY
Saturday, June 14th, at 2:30 PM
Northeast Corner of East Glisan Street and Laddington Court
Sale Will be Held on the Premises
This beautiful residence occupies an elevation of 250 feet above the river, erected on the site of the old Ladd Farm house under Mr. Henry's personal supervision and inspection. He and his family having camped in the old farm house while this residence was being erected, and being intended for the final home, received the utmost care and attention from Mr. Henry as to every particle of material and labor put into the dwelling.
       The site is one of the most healthful and attractive locations in the City of Portland, and receives more hours of sunlight than any other elevated spot in Portland, commanding a view of mountains and all directions of the compass.
       The stone work in the residence is of the finest. Every window, from basement to attic, and every glass door, is fitted with best selected plate glass; basement is fully finished in Keene's English cement, with iron columns instead of wood posts. The first floor is finished throughout in solid mahogany as fine as shown in any Steinway Piano, being the best specimen of work ever done by the Parelius Manufacturing Company. The hot water heating plant and plumbing was supplied and put in by Jacobsen-DeTemple Company in their best manner. One the second floor every door, including closet doors, are Pitcher Perfection Sliding Doors, requiring double partitions. Hardwood floors throughout, not the ordinary three or 5/8th, but 7/8ths of an inch thick; best piece of hardwood flooring laid down in the city. Porches and terraces are all laid with Welch Quarry Tile, done by the Oregon Art Tile Company, and is one of the finest pieces of work done on the Coast. There are five open fireplace in the house, four of Rookwood Pottery Tile and one of glass Faience in the living room.
         Mr. Henry erected and caused to be erected a number of large buildings in the city, and it seemed as it material man, as well as mechanic, took the utmost care to supply the best of goods and give the best of workmanship in this beautiful dwelling. Every door and window is supplied with rustless metal weather stripping and screens. In every detail the house has been fully considered, and inspection will prove it first class in every particular.
        The grounds, comprising nearly ten lots, are beautifully landscaped, and contain some of the finest shrubs, flowers and trees to be had. The pool and pergola and tea house on the grounds are artistic and finely built. The location of the property is fine. 26 miles of paved streets surround it, and a direct paved street into the city, as well as car service passes in front of the property.
      Furniture, furnishing and Oriental rugs, if wanted, can be had at private purchase after the sale.
      Mr. Henry, having sold the Henry Building and other properties here, and moving to Southern California, is his sole reason for selling this property.
       This property will be sold to the highest bidder. There is no mortgage upon it, and Mr. Henry is ready to give liberal terms on same. Intending purchasers can see plans and arrange for inspection of the property by applying to Mr. Henry, at his office, 83 Fourth Street, Henry Building.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Spring 1913: Clubhouse Plans

The Sunday Oregonian, 26 Jan 1913
$24,000 Fund is Expected for Erection of Laurelhurst Club
Officers Elected for New Social Organization and Unanimity of Sentiment as to Plans Prevails at First Meeting. Sunken Grounds With Club Balconies Overlooking, is Early Suggestion.

Active efforts are being put forth to erect one of the most pretentious social clubhouses in the city by the residents of Laurelhurst. Plans of a tentative nature have been laid and practical lines of establishing a building fund have been suggested by C.K. Henry.

Preliminary meetings have been held, resulting in a temporary organization, with the following officers: President, J.D. Fenton, M.D.; vice-president, Charles Ringler; secretary, Owen Summers; treasurer, Rufus Ball; directors, Herbert McCutchan, L.H. Maxwell and T.S. Townsend.

Less than two months ago the movement was inaugurated at the residence of Herbert McCutchan. Succeeding meetings were called at the office of the Laurelhurst Company, resulting in the adoption of constitution and bylaws and the appointment of committees. At the last meeting the matter of location was considered, and a delegation from the Rose City Park Club was present to outline the plans that were followed in the financing of their recently-opened home in Rose City Park.

Although it has not been definitely decided, the consensus of opinion seems to favor the location of the new building opposite Laurelhurst Park, on East 39th street. From the street the 14 lots under consideration slope toward the park, forming a natural arena quite similar to the topography of the new Multnomah Club. Preliminary plans suggest that the tennis courts located at the lower end of the grounds, close to the park. By this arrangement, the rear balconies of the clubhouse would provide a grandstand from which games and athletic contests on the field below could be viewed.

Considerable discussion brought out an almost unanimous sentiment that the clubhouse should be for the exclusive use of the members of the club, and that the halls and other rooms be not leased out for public or private functions aside from those of the members. The Irvington Club was pointed to as the type that the Laurelhurst Club should flow, and the idea prevailed.

C.K. Henry, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the club movement, carried the day with a suggestion as to the proper method to pursue relative to the building fund that will have to be secured before operations can begin. Being the owner of about 100 sites in Laurelhurst, he submitted a plan that every owner in Laurelhurst be asked to contribute $10 for each lot owned. By this method a fund of $24,000 would be provided. Mr. Henry agreed to stand his portion, and urged the adoption of the plan. The matter was deferred until the new meeting, when it is expected that it will be adopted.

The meeting of the club, February 3, will take up the matter of location and building fund, settling them definitely, enabling the organization to proceed without delay.

No plans for the building have been considered up to this time, although a sentiment prevails among the officers and directors that the arrangement of the building be left to a competitive contest among the local architects, with three prizes, the contract for the work and two cash prizes.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sept 1912: Many Homes Rise

The Sunday Oregonian, 29 Sept 1912

Many Homes Rise
Laurelhurst Makes Big Gain in New Dwellings
District Draws Buyers
Since Beginning of Building Season Over 100 Handsome Residences Have Been Completed—Several Costly Houses Planned

Laurelhurst, Portland’s beautiful East Side residential district has been making big strides all the year, there having been built since the beginning of the building season over 100 dwellings. Many of these new homes are very attractive and costly. There are a large number of new houses planned of still more elaborate designs, several of the new houses to cost from $10,000 to $30,000.

Builders have been operating in Laurelhurst all Summer, and they find ready sales of modern houses, so great is the demand of buyers locate in a district containing all modern and standard improvements.

W.W. Ward has purchased the northeast corner at East 39th and East Davis streets for $4750. With this purchase Mr. Ward now has 110x200 feet. He will make extensive improvements on the grounds. He completed a handsome home on this site some time ago. W.B. Moore has sold his new, modern, seven-room house on East Everett street to William Neilson, who will occupy it as a home.

The new residence of Charles M. Dewey, of the Pacific Paper Company, which is being erected by the Moore Bros., is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy by October 1. Judge Herbert Gale, of Manila, P.L. has purchased the residence recently erected by the National Realty & Trust Company on East Everett near 42nd, in Laurelhurst. T.G. Tidball has just purchased for a home the seven-room house just completed by Architects Hertz & Dole in Laurelhurst, on East Everett near 41st street. H.W. Hughes, of the Hibernia Savings Bank, has just occupied his beautiful new bungalow recently erected on the corner of East Davis and 41st streets, Laurelhurst. Mrs. Hughes is a daughter of Senator Tillman of South Carolina.

Friday, September 8, 2017


Jeff and I are thinking about moving out of Portland. We LOVE our house and we love the neighborhood, but Portland? Not so much. Since moving back to the Portland area in 2010, we have seen our property taxes more than double (partially due to our remodel, but also due to the frequent bond measures that the city relies on so much for funding). There are homeless people camping on our sidewalks and in our parks and increasing reports of violence and crime.

Now, when we are expecting a package delivery, we have to hang out in the living room so we can watch for packages and quickly grab them before the porch thieves. Over the last year or two, I've seen several videos posted to Reddit by folks who have security cameras showing the package crime and from what I can tell it is too petty of a crime for the Portland police to try and respond.

Portland seems to be quite at a loss how to deal with its growth and quickly rising housing costs. They are allowing developers to tear down cute affordable houses, and rebuild with fugly expensive boxes, like this that sold for over $900K.
5934 NE 14th Ave, Portland OR 97211
Some historic neighborhoods, including the Laurelhurst neighborhood, are trying to apply for Historic District designation to protect against the escalating number of demolitions, and from what I can tell, Oregon's response was to introduce HB2007 to protect developer profits by removing the protections provided by these historic neighborhoods. Luckily, they failed, this time, but I don't have a lot of faith that they won't keep trying and eventually succeed.

There are increasing reports of beautiful homes, like this one on NE Thompson, being demolished or being scheduled for demolition. (That sign was a notice "to be demolished" back in March. I'm not sure whether that beautiful house was actually demolished or not. I'm afraid to look.) I simply can't take it anymore. It makes me too sad.
So, when we recently went on a visit to Prineville, Oregon, we looked at houses in a new development. (Prineville is a bit east of Bend, Oregon.) We are definitely considering moving. We could buy a pretty decent house for less than half the cost of a comparable house in Portland and also pay less than half the property taxes. That would help our retirement savings last longer, so it's a pretty compelling argument.
840 NE Steins Pillar Dr, Prineville, OR 97754

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jul 1912: Ladd Park Name Changed

The Oregonian, 2 Feb 1912
Name Change is Asked
Williams Park May be Call Mount Tabor
Board Takes Subject Under Consideration--Assembly Building for Peninsula Advocated

Renewed efforts are being made to have the Mayor and members of the Park Board designate the name "Mount Tabor" for the part at that place, instead of Williams, as it is known now. The Board, at its session yesterday afternoon, took no action but decided to consider the subject. Suggestions were made to the Board that it name what is known as Ladd Park "Laurelhurst Park,"[emphasis added] and a new name is wanted also for the City Park. Some suggested Jefferson and others Lewis and Cark. No new names were adopted.

The Park at Mount Tabor was named Williams in honor of the late George H. Williams, one of Oregon's most illustrious men. In Joseph Simon's term as Mayor, he suggested that a park be named after Judge Williams, as a tribute of the city to his memory, and the Board designated the one at Mount Tabor.

Park Superintendent Mische recommended to the Board yesterday that an assembly building be erected at Peninsula Park, at a cost of $18,000. Mayor Rushlight declared the difference in the price of property now and what it will be by the time another bond issue is floated will warrant the Board in postponing construction of such a building until after districts now devoid of parks are supplied.

A committee was appointed to arrange for the band concerts be given this summer, beginning about July 1. It was suggested that a portable shell be constructed for these concerts.

J.E. Werlein and others presented to the Board a request that the Portland Railway, Light & Power Company be given a right of way over a corner of Mount Tabor Park, that the Mount Tabor streetcar line may be extended eastward.... [rest omitted]

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Garden Shed is Sided

We still need to finish installing the little chicken door and the interior wall, but the exterior is complete!
I might have installed the windows flipped with the small panes on top, but it will be fine. LOL

Between the heat and smoke and ash falling on the city, our weather really stinks. Hopefully it cools down next week so we can stand to work outside again.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Jun 1912: The Story of Laurelhurst

Reprinted from “Laurelhurst Homes, A Monthly Journal,” published in Jun 1912 by Mead & Murphy.
It was a scant quarter of a century ago that W.S. Ladd, pioneer capitalist, in selecting the finest tract of land he could find about Portland on which to place his herd of imported Jersey cows, unconsciously picked out the site of Laurelhurst, today the most beautiful and aristocratic residence district of Portland. The gently sloping green area that he enclosed within a mile and a half of the Willamette River became the famous Hazelfern Farm, noted not more for its wonderful cattle than for its unparalleled natural beauties.

The beautiful Hazelfern Farm of 25 years ago is the even more beautiful Laurelhurst of this day.
Had the sturdy old pioneer banker sought to guide the future growth of the city he did so much to develop, when he set aside the land for the Hazelfern Farm, he could not by any chance have chosen better. It is doubtful if there is any high class residence district on the Pacific Coast that in natural advantages, beauty, accessibility, location, and all around desirability can compare to it; certainly there is none in Portland.

Laurelhurst is by natural endowment peculiarly an ideal site for a suburb of fine homes. When W.S. Ladd laid it out as his Hazelfern Farm, it was veritably in the wilderness and the mile and a half to the city lay through forest and by country road.

Now it is the very center of the East Side residence section, yet set apart and forever exclusive from surrounding territory by its advantage of position and location. And with all this, it is a mere 15-minute ride by [trolley] car to the business center.
Mr. Ladd, Sr., was influenced in his choice of Hazelfern Farm, we may suppose, partly because it lay high and sightly, along the top of a sort of easy plateau over 200 feet above the river, and for its fine soil and sunlight and mild breezes. In the sultriest day of summer it is free from the grime and dust and smoke of the city, while a gentle northwest breeze brings cool and comfort. Further to the east the soil becomes gravelly and difficult to cultivate, but all the former Hazelfern Farm is composed of deep, fertile loam.

The advantage of such a soil in a residence district may be seen today in the fine lawns and healthy flower beds that make every Laurelhurst yard an individual beauty spot.

The story of how the choice tract was transformed in a few months from farm to residence district with beautiful homes, paved streets, cluster lights and every possible convenience is as interesting as that of the original Hazelfern Farm of a quarter century ago. The birth of a wonderful development are due to two Seattle men, Frank F. Mead and Paul C. Murphy, who, realizing Portland’s opportunities for legitimate real estate development, came here a little more than two years ago.
They had looked around the city but a short time when they saw the Hazelfern Farm, the present Laurelhurst. Their broad experience enabled them to recognize instantly its great possibilities as an exclusive residence section, and they determined to handle it at whatever cost.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mar 1912: Big Strides

The Sunday Oregonian, 24 Mar 1912
Big Stride Made at Laurelhurst
City’s Premier Addition Scene of Remarkable Activity in Dwelling Construction
More Than 200 Residences Started Since January 1 and Plans Are Made for Immediate Erection of 225 More Buildings

Laurelhurst, one of Portland’s finest residential districts, has been making remarkable strides since the first of this year. In less than three months there have been planned and completed more than 200 residences, representing an aggregate expenditure of over $1,000,000. Some of the dwellings underway will be among the most attractive and striking in the city and will range in cost from $15,000 to $30,000. Many of the houses will cost from $7500 to $12,000 and scores of fine homes are in course of construction will cost around $5000.

In addition to the pronounced building activity there has been a brisk demand for homesites. Since January 15 there have been sold 225 lots to homebuilders exclusively. All these lots will be improved with modern homes during the year. From present homes during the year. From present indications there will be erected in Laurelhurst within the next six months at least 400 homes and before the close of the year it is predicted that this addition will have over 700 homes.

Admirably located, with a delightful view of the mountains and containing all standard street improvements, Laurelhurst has always attracted a fine class of homebuilders. Nearly every house that has been built of modern construction and of a distinctive type of agriculture. While building restrictions are nominal. It seems to be tacitly understood among purchasers of lots and builders that houses costing less than $5000 would not quite come up to the standard of construction that has been established in the district. There have been built several pretty bungalows which cost, perhaps, less than $5000, but owing to this attractive type of architecture the general appearance of the addition has not been lessened but, in reality, has been improved. A substantial and home-like atmosphere prevails and home-like atmosphere prevails that will always make this addition one of attractiveness and character.

Homesites Most Attractive
To homesites in Laurelhurst compare favorably with residence lots in the highest-class additions of cities much larger than Portland. In fact, there are few cities in the United States that can boast of additions that are more inviting of more modern than Laurelhurst, yet the values in this addition are much lower in comparison. According to statistics that have been compiled, there are 13 cities between 100,000 and 400,000 in population in which prices for homesites are from 50 to 400% higher than prevail in Portland. Compared with the location of Laurelhurst, the great majority of the high-class residence districts in those cities lie further out from the business centers.

With the immense growth that Portland is making and with the great activity in home-building in Laurelhurst, it is predicted that lots in this addition will be selling at an advance of 25 to 50% by the first of next year.

That tourists who visit Laurelhurst are delighted with the high standard of development there is shown in the statements expressed by a large party of travelers who were conducted through the district last week. The visitors were from Chicago. One of the members of the party said:
“Laurelhurst is, indeed, a revelation to me. One can travel all over the country and never see a finer residential district. Everything is modern and of a substantial character. The class of homes one sees there, taken as a whole, cannot be surpassed in any city of the country. The view is inviting and the air is pure and invigorating. The addition has everything to make it an ideal residential district. It is certainly a great credit to Portland.”

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Nov 1911: Many Homes

In The Morning Oregonian, 8 Nov 1911, Mead & Murphy took out a half-page ad and showed many pictures of finished homes in Laurelhurst. It's so big, I had to downsize it to capture the screenshot on my computer screen.
There are so many homes on here, I think it's worth a separate post on its own, so I can show close-up photos of each house.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Oct 1911: Big Progress

The Sunday Oregonian, 15 Oct 1911
Big Progress is Made
Laurelhurst Addition Was Opened 2 Years Ago Today
Transformation of Farm into Beautiful Residence District Completed at Great Cost

Today is the second anniversary of the opening of Laurelhurst, Portland’s largest residence addition. Just two years ago this property, then known as the Hazelfern Farm, was purchased from the Ladd Estate Company by a syndicate of Seattle and Portland capitalists for a consideration in the neighborhood of $2,000,000. At the time it was the largest realty transaction that had ever been made in Portland, and while many large realty deals have been made here since the Laurelhurst sale, none have approached it, so far as the size and consideration is concerned.

Laurelhurst today presents a vastly different appearance from the Ladd dairy farm of two years ago. The tract is now a magnificently improved high grade residence addition, and is rapidly filling up with superior class of attractive, up-to-date homes. Nearly $2,000,000 has been expended in the last 18 months improving Laurelhurst. There are now in the addition 26 miles of asphalt streets, 52 miles of cement sidewalks, nine-foot parkings, shade trees and a greater part of the addition has cluster curb lights on both sides of the street. During the first year there have been erected nearly 100 residences from $3500 to $25000.

The tract was originally laid out after the most approved scientific landscape architecture. The streets were made to conform to the contour of this ground, with the result that although the tract is of rolling character there is no unsightly fills and cuts in the streets.

Meat & Murphy, selling agents for Laurelhurst, have extended an invitation to the automobilists of the city to use the streets of Laurelhurst throughout the rainy season for pleasure motoring. The property is reached from the center of the city over the Burnside bridge and East Burnside street, which is hard surfaced to and through the addition. The 26 miles of asphalt streets in Laurelhurst, together with the hard surface of East Burnside, will afford the automobilists several hours of pleasant motoring during the Winter afternoons.

Laurelhurst is the scene of unusual building activity, and has been throughout the Summer and Fall, nearly 100 new homes having been completed there this year.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Shed Progress

I'm pretty happy about having progress again.

Tim's bid was a bit more than we wanted to pay, but no doubt reasonable for the time and material. He's a good, fair guy. I have to laugh though because there are four of them out there today and when I look, it seems like there are two of them measuring and cutting and two standing around watching. I don't think they'll be finishing it today, so they'll be back after the holiday.
We're about to have out of town guests for the long weekend, so we're trying to get some housework done. Ugh.

Here's where they left off at the end of the day. It's starting to look like a little house!
The chickens' door

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Summer 1911 Updates

The Sunday Oregonian, 7 May 1911
Charles Ringler Buys Home
Real Estate Dealer Purchases Fine Property on East Glisan
Charles Ringler last week bought from P.A. Carlander, a fine nine-room house on Hazelfern Place, near East Glisan street, Laurelhurst, and will make his home there. The consideration was $7000. He also has bought two lots on Laurelhurst avenue for $3000.

Charles Ringler & Co. report the following sales in Laurelhurst in the last few days:
  1. Six room bungalow owned by G.A. Cooper, sold to A. Grey for $5000. Mr. Grey is assistant freight agent of the Great Northern Railroad and bought the property for a home.
  2. Six room bungalow, owned by I.E. Fenton, sold to F. Newman for $4500. (Probably 3405 NE Clackamas.)
  3. Lot owned by Joseph Basler, sold to Mrs. Julia Lawton for $1650. This lot commands a fine view and Mrs. Lawson intends to build a residence.
  4. Three lots sold to V.S. Wisner for $4775. Mr. Wisner bought on speculation.
  5. Lot sold to F.A. Carlander for $1500. Mr. Carlander is a builder and intends to erect a residence.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Feb 1911: CK Henry House

The Oregonian, 26 Feb 1911
New House is Gem
C.K. Henry Home in Laurelhurst East Side Landmark
View Fine On All Sides
Construction and Finish of Highest Class, Surroundings to Be in Keeping With Style--Cost, With Grounds, $50,000

One of the most beautiful residences in Portland is the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Henry, in Laurelhurst, which was recently completed and occupied. For a building site Mr. Henry picked out the most sightly spot in the whole tract, and the one which, by its contour, seemed best adapted for landscaping. In architecture, arrangement, furnishings and setting, the house is a fine example of good taste.
        The residence is at East Glisan Street and Laddington Court, which was formerly known as East 38th Street. This site is of irregular shape and contains an area of about ten city lots. It sloped gently to the south, which is the front, and more gradually to the east and west. At the north of the house the ground rises very slightly.

House is East Side Landmark
        Already the house is a landmark for the entire East Side and it is plainly seen from the eminences and tall buildings on the West Side. It commands a view in all directions. On the south the windows look out on the Laurelhurst Park with its dark fir forest in the center. The snow peaks of Hood and St. Helens stand out boldly to the east and north and appear even higher because of the vantage point from which they are viewed. On the east also Mount Tabor is a near neighbor, with its many fine homes. The view on the north extends to the Peninsula...
        The approach to the house is by a winding path. The building is constructed of massive gray granite slabs, quarried at Wilkerson, WA. Some of the window ledges are ten feet long, and the stone throughout is cut in large pieces. The chimneys are of the same material and are carried to a great height, adding to the decorative effect. 26 tons of stone were used in the largest chimney.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dec 1910: Mann Old People's Home

Oregonian 18 Dec 1910
Old People's Home Monument to J.P. Mann
Institution at Laurelhurst Soon to Be Opened Is Provided With Every Comfort; Is Credit to City

Another institution will soon be opened in Portland, one which will be a credit to the city and will rival anything of its kind In the West. It is the Old People's Home which is being erected by Mrs. P.J. Mann in memory of her husband, the late Peter J. Mann, who died in the Spring of 1908. The building is completed and as soon as the grading is done around the house, the dedicatory exercises will be held.

Situated on the highest area in Laurelhurst, surrounded by more than seven acres of land, and commanding an unsurpassed view of wooded hills and pretty homes, the three-story brick structure is imposing and beautiful. A driveway is being made around the building, which will be set off in the front by parkgrounds, with grass and artistically arranged flowers.

The building is modern throughout and is equipped with down-to-date devices. In the high basement is a large, conveniently-arranged kitchen. Opening into a pantry next to the kitchen are two built-in refrigerators. The doors and walls of these are cork-lined and ice is supplied through a clever device from the outside. One of these is supplied with shelves, while the other is arranged with hooks for meat and such.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nov 1910: Park Gets Lake

Oregonian 13 Nov 1910
Laurelhurst Gets Lake
Body of Water to Be 650 Feet Long and 200 Feet Wide, and Surrounded by Walks

The creation of Ladd Park in the southwest quarter of the addition of Laurelhurst, plans for which were The creation of Ladd Park in the southwest quarter of the addition of Laurelhurst, plans for which were accepted at the last meeting of the Park Board, virtually makes that improvement a park within a park, as Laurelhurst itself, owing to its special plan of treatment, assumes the character of a pleasure ground of vast area and great beauty.

The first work on Ladd Park, aside from the grading and paving of the streets to form its outside boundaries within the addition of Laurelhurst, the contracts for which are to be let next week, will be the dredging of the pond to create the lake outlined in the plans accepted by the Park Board.
This lake will have an approximate area of 130,000 square feet, or about 650 feet long and 200 feet in width at its broadest place. The lake is to be dredged to a depth of eight feet. The appropriation for this piece of work has been drafted and is included in the Mayor's budget.

Superintendent Mische is anxious to get the work on Ladd Park started and says he will lose no time after the preliminary appropriation has been passed.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Oct 1910: Henry Resigns

Oregonian 5 Oct 1910
Henry Resigns Office
Edward Cookingham Will Probably Succeed Him—No Change in Policy of Concern to Be Made

Charles K. Henry has resigned as president of the Laurelhurst Company. Once before Mr. Henry resigned and the board refused to accept his resignation. It has not been accepted now, but lies on the table, where it is placed at the last meeting of the board. The next meeting will be held, it is said, October 13. At that time Mr. Henry will be allowed to withdraw from the head of the company and Edward Cookingham, cashier of the Ladd & Tilton Bank, will be elected president.

Mr. Henry is reticent about his resignation. He would say nothing for publication of the causes leading up to his action other than that he was tired of being a figurehead on the office.
"I shall keep my stock in the Laurelhurst Company," said Mr. Henry, "and outside of the Ladd Investment Company I own more than any other holder. But I shall have nothing to do with the management of the company's affairs and nothing whatever with the selling of lots."
Mr. Henry has made public his action through a legal notice which announces that he is no longer the head of the company.

At the office of the Laurelhurst Company in the Corbett building, Mr. Henry's action was confirmed. "The resignation will likely be accepted at the next meeting of the board," said Paul C. Murphy, one of the vice-presidents, "and Mr. Cookingham will in all probability be elected to succeed Mr. Henry. There will be no change in the policy of the company and tomorrow we shall start an advertising campaign with the object of increasing the sales. About $2,000,000 worth of Laurelhurst property has already been sold and there is nothing to indicate a slump."

It is said there is nothing behind Mr. Henry's action that will have any effect on the progress of the addition, which is one of the biggest undertakings of its kind ever started on the Pacific Coast. Any differences of opinion there may have been, it is said, between Mr. Henry and the rest of the officers of the company were purely personal disagreements over methods of sales.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Oct 1910: Last Plat on Market

Oregonian 2 Oct 1910
Last Section Put on Market
Southeast Quarter of Laurelhurst Is Offered for Sale
What is called the southeast quarter of Laurelhurst was placed on the market last week. In reality it is considerably less than a quarter of the addition, but it contains about 450 lots, and some of them are said to be in as good locations as any in the tract. This is the last part of the addition to be offered for sale.

About a third of the area of this section lies along Ladd Park, on its East 39th Street side. The improvement work in this part has been taken up last of all, but it is said to be well along now, and on any lot in it water can be drawn. The grading for the streets is finished and the underground work is almost done. All the improvement work in the addition is announced in such condition that the contractors will have it completed by early Spring. Building is becoming more and more active and houses are rising in all parts of the tract.

Residences just begun with the cost of each are announced as follows: Mrs. Harriet P.S. Webster, $4500; B.I. Howland, $5000; E.E. Goff, $4200; C.A. Hoy, $4700; E.M. Rasmussen, $3800; Captain J.S. Michaels, $3700; H.S. McCutchan, $5500; and C.H. Page, $3800.
4th Plat Map, from The Oregonian 16 Apr 1910

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sep 1910: Brisk Sales

Oregonian 4 Sep 1910
East Siders Must Fight For Homes

(Large portions of this article were omitted because they did not directly relate to Laurelhurst.)
Laurelhurst and the Rose City Park district will soon have outlet by the Burnside, the new railroad and the Broadway bridges. The double tracks now being laid on Sandy Boulevard will carry the streetcar traffic over Burnside bridge, but when Broadway Street is extended to a connection with Sandy Boulevard it is considered probable that a spur will be run over the new bridge by which the traffic will be divided over all three bridges.

Development of the Laurelhurst track is doing a tremendous amount of good for Central East Portland. 29 miles of hard-surface pavement are being laid and night and day the vast improvement programme is going forward which is to transform this 400-acre addition into one of the finest home districts in the city. At the highest point in this addition is the beautiful home of C.K. Henry, who headed the syndicate which purchased the Hazel Fern Farm, and on every side attractive homes are under construction in the track.

More than $100,000 has been expended in laying water mains alone, while the 29 miles of hard-surface pavements will cost at least $250,000 or more.

The effects of these improvements on the surroundings has already been manifest. Other districts near have made similar improvements. Pavements costing $85,000 have just been finished between East 28th Street and Laurelhurst, and street improvements costing $200,000 are project on Sandy Boulevard, East 28th Street and in the streets in Laurelhurst (illegible) ?bordering on the BaseLine Road. Property in all directions has advanced from 25 to 30% in value in the past few months.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Summer 1910: Immense Task

Sales Office at 39th St. Station, photo from The Sunday Oregonian, 5 Jun 1910
Entrance Arches on E. Glisan, photo from The Sunday Oregonian, 5 Jun 1910
The Oregonian, 12 Jun 1910
Task Is Immense
Development Work in Laurelhurst Moves Quickly
Large Tract Shows Results of Costly Operations--Street-Making Contracts Largest of Kind Ever Undertaken in West

One of the large tasks now underway in the remaking of Portland is the development work which is being carried out in Laurelhurst, the addition which was placed on the market at the first of this year, and which for many years has been known to Portland and Portlanders as the Ladd Hazel Fern Farm. The immensity of the undertaking can only be realized by a comparison of the conditions as they now exist with those of a few months ago. All over the tract, the workmen have been engaged for several months in carrying out the plan of development, and it is but now that the results are beginning to be especially noticeable.

Where, not many months ago, there was a wide expanse of land undisturbed by urban advances and was used solely for agricultural purposes, there is now evidence of development. The earth is scarred by the giant steam shovels, which are grading the streets; on every side ditches have been dug for the laying of the water, sewer and gas mains, and now the asphalt workers are beginning to hard-surface the streets which have already been equipped with cement sidewalks and cement curbing.

Many Men at Work
There are 26 miles of these streets, and there are over 200 men and dozens of teams at work in putting these streets into condition. A few months ago these streets were shown only by grade stakes and here and there a place where the graders had started at work. Now the entire scene is changed.