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Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850–1950

By William J. Hawkins, III and William F. Willingham

As fine a resource book on local architecture as has ever been published.


The majority of Portland's classic houses are still standing, a rich legacy and essential link to a time of stunning architectural accomplishment. This lavishly illustrated volume features more than 300 residences representing twenty-three distinct architectural styles from Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Tudor to Bungalow, Prairie, Craftsman, and the uniquely regional Northwest Style.

In a fascinating home tour, the history of the city comes to life as well, with key information about the architects, original owners, and distinguishing features of each structure. These homes are the work of the most talented architects of Portland's first century, and each reflects the careful blending of national and international influences with local trends and tastes. In more than 200 plans and drawings and over 600 photographs both historical and contemporary, Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, presents both the houses that remain and some vanished glories of the past. All take on a new importance today, as historical treasures and as exemplars of design values and quality that are now so rare. A useful appendix lists the houses by neighborhood for those who wish to explore the riches of Portland's architectural heritage.

Media reviews

"Classic Houses of Portland ... is as fine a resource book on local architecture as has ever been published."

—Randy Gragg, Oregonian

"The authors of Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950 deliver precisely what their title promises. And It is an accessible primer on styles of American residential architecture and an analysis of the ways in which these styles were adapted to a specific regional setting. It is also a solid and reliable reference on this facet of the citys history."

—Carl Abbott, Public Historian

"Thoroughly captivating ... Lavishly illustrated ... Perfect for anyone interested in architecture or anyone who appreciates beauty and craftsmanship."

Salem Statesman Journal

"One of the most fascinating books to emerge this season."

Willamette Week

"Few books dedicated to conveying information also can lay claim to being very entertaining. 'Classic Houses' can make that statement."

—Dan Hays, Salem Statesman Journal

"The authors have produced a fresh and insightful guide for the identification of architectural styles."

Oregon Historical Quarterly

"Classic Houses is, in itself, a museum piece."

—Carolyn Spector, KLCC 89.7 FM

"Like a stroll along Newport's famed Cliff Walk, with its many fabulous summer 'cottages,' this book offers a glimpse of bygone times and their values, fashions and foibles. It's a splendid memento."

Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle

About the authors

William J. Hawkins III

William J. Hawkins, III, FAIA, is a native of Portland, Oregon, where he has been a practicing architect for over thirty years, with a particular interest in historic preservation and residential design. His earlier book, The Grand Era of Cast-Iron Architecture in Portland, received the Rounce & Coffin Award.

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William F. Willingham

Born in Pendleton in eastern Oregon, William F. Willingham, Ph.D., is a historian and author of several books and scholarly articles. For fifteen years he served as historian with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, where he has been involved in cultural resources management and historic preservation.

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