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TIIE SUNDAY OREGONIAN, PORTLAND, MAY 3, 1908.
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Portland's Downtown District
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GOOD TONE TO MARKET
Building Operations Indicate Con
j ' United Growth of City, Especial
' ly or Dwellings In East Side
Additions and Outskirts.
. Residents of Portland do not realize
what remarkable changes in the down
' town districts have been made in the past
year or two, and how the skyline has
'.'taken on the appearance presented In the
' older cities of the country. The build
ing of skyscrapers Is a slow process, so
that before they are completed residents
of the city have become familiar with
the changed aspect. The two views from
The Oregonian and Corbett buildings, re
, produced in this issue, doubtless will sur.
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now, for the first time, had an oppor
: tunlty to see how the "old" city looks
from an elevation since the more recently
constructed buildings were finished.
These pictures will be an object lesson
' to nonresidents who have 'heard of the
advance made in the past few years In
modern construction in Portland, but who
could have but a limited idea of what i-ie
city looks like with the additions made In
its business centers. Much advertising
- matter has been sent out regarding the
1 growth and increasing Importance of the
city, and these illustrations will prove to
those at a distance that claims made are
based on absolute facts. The scope possible
to cover in vews of the size reproduced Is
necessarily prescribed, but fairly repre
sentative sections of the older districts of
the city are presented in the two views.
Residents of Oregon are justly proud of
'; their metropolis and an examination of
r the .views here given will indicate to non-
residents that they have good reason
to be. f
Building at Remarkable Rate.
; ' In another place the building statistics
for the past month and for the four
. months of the vear are eiven. Two busi-
; ness days have elapsed since that table
; was compiled and the record started for
this month gives promise of keeping pace
' with that of the month just closed. For
. the full week, including the two days
in May, there were 129 permits issued with
' a stated value of S290.54O. On Friday and
the half day the Building Inspector's of
flce was opened for business yesterday,
there were 17 permits Issued, calling for
a total cost of $23,760, the permits' being
for small houses and repairs. This month
, several important buildings will figure,
the Y. M. C. A. and Rosenblatt hotel as
Excavation work has started for the
. Rosenblatt building at Tenth and Alder
streets and is to be rushed to completion.
Quite a lot of interest was attracted at
the site through the.operation of a new
'style excavator, or rather steam shovel,
' that is at least new to this part of the
country. The machine is a Thew steam
automatic shovel and differs, in .several
particulars from the steam excavators
o previously in use here. It Is of the type
being used in digging the Panama canal.
last week for the Burkhart-Cadwell
building, at Second street, near Aider,
. and was rushed through to completion.
Extending Residence Zone.
In the building of residences there never
was anything like the present movement
in that direction in the City of Portland.
The big districts of the East Side have
been building up at a rate thai has caused
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residences are building on the West Side
than at any previous period. Among rent
ing agencies the demand for houses is re
ported as urgent as ever, and despite the
" large number completed since the first "of
the year there seems to be no immediate
prospect of ' building operations catching
. no with the influx of new population.
which largely accounts for the constant
demand for dwellings.
As to the tone of the realty market
!' nothing has recently occurred to affect
valuations, but, on the contrary, sales of
Inside property made now and again have
. been at prices in advance of those of last
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TWO PANORAMIC VIEWS
year. Holders of desirable business sites
appear to be in no hurry to let go their
holdings with the result that sales are few
and far between for this class of prop
erty. Dealers still report commissions to
buy good income property, but have diffi
culty in finding anything desired that is
for sale. ,
In the fine of business among sellers
of lots In platted additions, there is not
heard a single complaint. All are doing
better than this time last year, according
to their statements, which are verified by
court records. In some of the older addi
tions prices show some stiffening, espe
cially for improved lots, but In the newer
tracts reasonable prices and liberal terms
are maintained in the face of an unusual
Street improvements are progressing on
many of the principal streets In the dis
trict between Sixteenth street and the
river, especially south of Washington
street ana it is noteworthy that in the
majority of instances the work Is of the
highest class in material. Realty men say
this improvement in surroundings is cer
tain to cause an advance of property in
the more desirab'e parts of the residence
One of the most Important projected
buildings in the down-town district, that
of an office building on the McGinn corner
by the lessees, Jennings & Co., may be
delayed for some time. This la the only
Instance, however, where any talked-of
proposition is to he delayed. Several
other big buildings will be started this
Summer and be completed by another
year. Portland Is In much better financial
condition than cities of the same size In
other parts of the country, according to
the statements made by business men, who
have recently made trips through the
East, and there is no apparent reason
why the present prosperous times should
not continue here and building operations
go right along. After awhile the other
cities of the country will recover their
normal conditions, these travelers say,
and in the meantime this city will go
right along regardless of the difficulties
Goes to Quieter Location.
' Among the recent commissions re
ceived by C. C. Robblns are for plans
for an 11-room house with attic and full
basement, to bo erected at East Twenty
first and Tillamook streets. to cost
approximately $12,000, for Mrs. G. F.
Wells. Mrs. Wells lived for 14 years at
Fourteenth street, near Washington, and
tells her architect that she decided to
move to a quieter neighborhood, as the
business district Is beginning to invade
WILL GREET REALTY MEN
HOOD RIVER READY TO SHOW 1
OFF APPLE BLOOMS. I
River Excursion Next Saturday to
Productive Valley Promises In
struction and Pleasure.
That the contemplated excursion of the
Portland Realty BoUrd to Hood River
Is awakening enthusiasm at both ends
of the line Is evidenced by an article
which appeared in the Hood River news
letter of last Wednesday.
This paper gives the plans of the com
mittee appointed by the Commercial
Club of Hood River to make arrange
ments for the proper reception of the
The committee consists of J. L. Hen
derson, chairman; W. J. Baker, J. H.
Heilbronner, F. W. Angus. J. M. Culbert
son, and A. W. Onthank, who are all
well-known citizens and real estate
dealers and operators of Hood River, and
are considered to be experts in boosting
Spring plowing is now on, and the apple
blossoms are commencing to cover the
trees so that a rare treat will greet
the excursionists when they reach the
valley next Saturday.
The reception will take place in Pine
Grove Grange Hall, in the middle of the
East Side of the Valley and here the
speeches of welcome will be given "and
each woman of the "party will be pre
sented with a bough of apple blossoms,
wliile the men will be regaled with apples
During the trip around the Valley a
short stop will be made at the orchard
of Oscar Vanderbllt, called Beulah Land.
This Is one of the celebrated orchards
In the United States. Orchards belong
ing to Portlanders will be pointed out
to the excursionists. .
Already many reservations outside of
the members of the Realty Board have
been made and the capacity of 130 is
about reached. The committee having
the excursion in charge consists of
James . O. Rountree, chairman; George
D. Schalk, C. S. Fields and A. F. Swens
son, from any of ,whom tickets are to
be secured. Full information concerning
OF THE PORTLAND BUSINESS DISTRICT
the trip will be sent this week to mem
bers of the board. . .
COMES HERE FOR CONFERENCE
A. Ii. Hawley Discusses Plans or
Local Trustee Company.
A. L. Hawley, president of the Trustee
Securities Company of New York, who
also Is interested In the Trustee Company
of Portland, arrived in this city yester
day for the purpose of conferring with
J. B. Melkle, president of the local com
pany. Mr. Hawley spent the Winter In
Los Angeles and will remain In the
Northwest about 60 days. He ays that
his visit to Portland has no reference to
further operations of the local company
at this time, and that nothing Is planned
for the Immediate future with resard to
building on the Pittock block. The of
ficers of the company, he said, are await
ing completion of plans for the building
for the Pennoyer block. When the plans
are finished operations' are to begin at
Mr. Hawley says the Trustee Company
at Los Angeles and the one at Seattle re
port most satisfactory results from their
investments so far made, and In Seattle
the new building being constructed by
the company in that city Is rapidly near
lng completion. He agreed with the state
ment made by Mr.' Meikle some weeks
ago, that In all probability no work would
be started on the building on the Pittock
block until the Pennoyer building is well
Mr. Hawley remarked that in many
ways the Trustee Securities Company of
New York was doing some first-class ad
vertising for Portland. Several times a
year a mass of circulars, pamphlets and
other literature connected with the con
duct of the company's business Is sent
all over the country to a selected list of
Investors, and in all of these full refer
ence is made to opportunities In this city
for good Investments.
He said that recently he had made trips
to San Francisco to look over the field
and examine Into conditions there, and It
Is probable a trustee company will be or
ganized in that city, which, like the other
companies formed In Portland, Seattle,
Los Angeles and Spokane, will be an In
dependent Institution. Last week the
local company established offices In the
Corbett building. '
Argentina is said to tm the only country
In the world whose Congress appropriates
$12,000 a year to aid the work or the Na
tional Council of Women.
Perfect fitting glasses $1 at M. users.
SAVE PROPERTY FROM TIIE
FLAMES AT KERN PARK.
Fire Destroys Armitage Drugstore,
Damages Restaurant Adjoining.
Scorches Dry Goods Store.
Fire In the Armitage drugstore at Kern
Park aroused the residents of that suburb
as well as Mount Scott, Arleta and sur
rounding districts at 4 o'clock yesterday
morning. The flames had their own way
for an hour, defying the efforts of the
Mount Scott volunteer fire department.
The drugstore was destroyed with a loss
of about $5000 and damage aggregating
$1000 more was done to adjoining build
ings. But for the efforts of the volunteer fire
men equipped with garden hose, buckets,
pitchers and crude means of attacking
a big fire, many buildings might have
been destroyed. These volunteers, 40
strong, responded the minute the big fire
gong at the end of the carllne began
clanging, and worked with great energy
and courage, carrying hundreds of buck
eta of water to the burning building.
Shortly before 5 o'clock someone dis
covered two sprinkling carts In the vicin
ity and with these as a basis of supply
the city station at Sunnyside was able
to send a hose-cart to the place, al
though not required to send apparatus
outside the city.
. The fire was started by a defective
stovepipe in the drugstore. The stove
became filled with combustible rubbish
and was touched oft at 11 o'clock Friday
night. A partition caught fire at that
time, but supposedly was extinguished.
A coal of fire must have been overlooked,
for at 4 A. M. the drugstore burst Into
The fire was discovered by a watch
man, who sounded an alarm. The bucket
brigade was on hand in a very short
time, but could not save the drugstore
or a storeroom in the rear. The fire
spread to a. restaurant next door owned
by Mrs. A. L. Ordway. The contents
were saved and the fire put out after
burning away one side and part of the
Flying sparks caught the front of H.
R. Block's dryeoods store, across the
street The front was burned out and
damage amounting to $600 done. The
loss of the drugstore falls on J.' W.
Armitage. who carries Insurance cover
ing two-thirds of the loss. Block's loss
Is fully covered..
C. J. Clapp, one of the volunteer fire
fighters, was painfully .burned about the
wrists while carrying buckets of water
too near the fire. His burns were not
IS HE A PROPHET?
Kllllngsworth's Picture, "Portland
the New York of the Pacific."
Most people supposed that Mr. Kil
lingsworth was a dreamer, or perhaps
were unkind enough to Intimate that
there were wheels under his hat when
that well-known dealer In real estate
several years ago first published his
well-known picture, "Portland, the
New York of the Pacific." This prod
uct of Mr. Kllllngsworth's Imagination
or farsightedness Is being rapidly verl-
PACIFIC IRON WORKS
O. E. Heintz, ICanager. Phone East 57, Home B 1157.
CASTINGS OF ALL KINDS,
STEEL BUILDINGS AND BRIDGES
IN STOCK 3 to 24-Inch Beams. 4 to 15-Inch Channels.
V2xV2 to 8x8-Inch Angles
East End Burnside-Street Bridge,
fled in a practical way. Portland be
tween the rivers is growing with leaps
and bounds. Large buildings are being
erected on every hand, while immense
plants which will give employment t
thousands of workmen have already
secured sites in this favored location.
Mr. Killingsworth Is receiving his share
of this boom in values, as Walnut I'ark,
one of the most desirable residence sec.
tions In Portland. Is located on the high
ground between the rivers.
OiTERED $750 FOR BARGAIN
Upper Washington-Street Lots In
Interesting proof of steady values be
ing maintained in upper Washington
street realty is furnished by E. J. Dsly.
who sold a lot at the northeast corner
of Washington and Twenty-fourt'.T streets
a few weeks ago. The lot was purchased
by James T. Burtehaell for $5500. Yes
terday Mr. Daly offered a bonus over the
purchase price of $750 for Its reconvey
ance and the offer was declined. The
lot Is 50x100 and has on It a small house
of little value.
Mr. Daly sold last week a lot BOxlOO
on the east side of East Sixth street, be
tween Couch and Davis, for $3000. The
purchaser was E. E. Haradon and the
former owners the estate of W. F. Wood
ward and H. C. Holmes.
60,000 MEN IN PARADE
Catholic Centennial Celebration
Comes to an End.
NEW YORK, May 2. Sixty thousand
Roman Catholic laymen marching In pro
cession today brought to a climax and
formally ended the week-long celebration
of the centenary of the founding of the
Roman Catholic diocese of New York.
Along Fifth avenue and through Fifty
seventh street, where the line of march
led to the disbanding point, hundreds of
thousands of persons were massed. The
reviewing stand had been built to accom
modate 3300 persons, and its whole capa
city was placed at the disposal of women
and children and the distinguished prel
ates who have been participating in the
observance of the centenary. The prelates
In their gorgeous robes occupied a space
In the center stands and banked around
them on every side were thousands of
women and children.
Of all the 60,000 who took part in the
parade, every man save one was on foot.
The mounted man was Brigadier-General
Thomas Barry, the grand marshal.
Behind him trudged thousands, million
aire and laborer. In the van was a. dele
gation from the Catholic Club, among
them Thomas F. Ryan. Thomas A. Em
met, Justice John W. Goff, Justice Davis
and Justice O'Gorman, of the Supreme
Court. Bourke Cockran, John D. Crim
mins, David McClure and many other
men prominent In the city's life partici
pated. Many of the large stores and other
business places conducted by Catholics
had declared a half holiday for today.
The parade formed at Washington Square
well down town. The line of march cov
ered a distance of approximately three
Pianist's Wife Takes Prize.
LAUSANNE, April 23. Mme. Paderew
ski has won the champion prize at the
poultry show here with crystal white
Paderewskl Orpingtons. They are bred
from fowls the great pianist's wife
bought at a New York poultry show,
paying the record price, $7600.
LIGHT IS LIFE
Nothing adds more to the home, hotel, office
or display window than artificial lighting. See
THE M.J. WALSH CO.
Fine line of Lighting Fixtures and Supplies. If
you see them you wil buy them.
SALESROOMS! Sll STARK, BET. 6th AND 6th.
AH Kinds of Electrical and Gns Work Prompt
ly Attended To.