Some people say I live in the past, but I say the past lives in me.Richard Sundeleaf Richard Wilhelm Sundeleaf (1900-1987) is considered one of Oregon’s most significant, versatile, and prolific architects. His career spanned from the 1920s to the 1980s and his portfolio spans some 3,000 projects. Sundeleaf was a Portland native and a 1923 graduate of the University of … [Read more...] about Sundeleaf, Richard W.
Country Club District, A Dream Come True The concept of creating Country Club Districts near large cities was spreading across the nation in the 1920s. Why waste precious hours of leisure time commuting to the golf links? George F. Cotterill, former Seattle mayor and a well-respected civil engineer, was hired to design the overall plan of the district. Prized Jersey cows … [Read more...] about Country Club District
Forest Hills Acres, Out of the City, Into the Country When the Ladd Estate Company opened this 100-acre development it was reported, “There are many persons of moderate income who have long desired to own a home of their own, a place where they can have a nice garden, flowers, fruit, and possibly raise some poultry or keep a cow or two.” Cows had already resided in this … [Read more...] about 1932 Forest Hills Acres
Lake View Villas Expansion, Palisades’ and Blue Heron’s Beginnings Helen Smith recalled, “We used to get in a boat and go up Blue Heron Creek and take a lunch. The spring that’s running into the creek is still there, just like it was when we were there, and it’s still fifty-two degrees the year ‘round.” It took an extensive advertising campaign to convince potential buyers … [Read more...] about 1926 Lake View Villas Expansion
Oswego Lake Villas, The First East End Lakeside Development The lake was stump-filled and unattractive to all but curious children during the iron era. The realization that the lake held recreational potential was a watershed moment in the town’s history. In the early 1900s the lake’s allure began with fishing. The increasing number of visitors prompted Alexander S. … [Read more...] about 1922 Oswego Lake Villas