Ladd Carriage House

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Ladd Carriage House
Portland Historic Landmark[1]
Photograph of a wooden building with peaked roofs on a city street corner.
The Ladd Carriage House in 2014
Ladd Carriage House is located in Portland, Oregon
Ladd Carriage House
Location 1331 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°30′54″N 122°40′56″W / 45.514904°N 122.682337°W / 45.514904; -122.682337Coordinates: 45°30′54″N 122°40′56″W / 45.514904°N 122.682337°W / 45.514904; -122.682337
Area less than one acre
Built 1883
Built by William S. Ladd
Architect Joseph Sherwin
Architectural style Stick-Eastlake
NRHP reference # 09001211
(previously 80003369)
Significant dates
First listed on NRHP February 12, 1980
First de-listed January 4, 2008
Re-listed January 7, 2010

The Ladd Carriage House is a building in downtown Portland, Oregon. It is one of the few surviving pieces of the former grand estates which once existed in the downtown core. It was on the National Register of Historic Places from 1980 until 2008.[2][3] It was restored to the list in 2010.

The building served as an outbuilding to the William S. Ladd mansion, once located across Broadway on the block later occupied by The Oregonian's headquarters[4] (until 2014). Since its decommissioning as a private residential structure, it has been used as offices and retailing space.

An early remodel, c. 1930, converted the open first floor and hayloft into three floors of offices according to architect Van Evera Bailey, who established his office in the carriage house.[5]

House relocation and renovation[edit]

The house in 2007, wearing an earlier paint scheme
The house in 2008, after being moved back to its original site, with Ladd Tower in the background

The future of the building was cast into doubt when the neighboring First Christian Church announced plans to redevelop the entire block. The congregation had bought the Ladd Carriage House in 1971, and sought to expand parking for its members. As part of the redevelopment, a condo tower, Ladd Tower, would be built above a parking garage. A demolition permit had been secured for the lot, but never used.[6] Nevertheless, this raised alarm bells in the preservationist community and a grass-roots campaign, the Friends of Ladd Carriage House, sprang into action to either save or move the old building. One proposal was to move the Carriage House to Lair Hill, but this was logistically complex (steep streets, crossing bridges, cutting Portland Streetcar lines).[7]

A compromise was agreed upon where the Ladd Carriage House would be moved temporarily while a new garage would be dug out, then the building would be moved back onto the lot. The plans for the condo tower were scaled back so that the tower's footprint only took up half the block, not three-quarters of it.

The Ladd Carriage House being temporarily moved to a different location in 2007.

On June 16, 2007, after ground was broken on Ladd Tower, the Ladd Carriage House was moved to the parking lot owned by the Church of Christ, Scientist[7] at the corner of 10th and Columbia streets. This meant the house wouldn't need to cross the streetcar lines.[7] It was moved back to its original site on October 25, 2008.

Extensive exterior renovations occurred after the Ladd Carriage House moved back to its original site. In April 2009 the house was repainted, going from shades of blue to shades of brown.[8] The house was restored to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, and in 2011 the building was sold for $1 million.[9][10] Interior renovations began in spring 2012, and the Raven and Rose restaurant opened in fall 2012.[11]

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  1. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved November 7, 2013 .
  2. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. July 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings: January 11, 2008". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  4. ^ King, Bart: An Architectural Guidebook to Portland, pp. 141–142. Gibbs Smith, 2001.
  5. ^ King, Bart (2007). An Architectural Guidebook to Portland (2nd ed.). Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-87071-191-6. 
  6. ^ "OregonLive: Oregonian Special: Ladd Carriage House Move". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  7. ^ a b c Ladd Carriage House story flyer (PDF). 2008. Friends of the Ladd Carriage House. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Genovese, Fran (March 5, 2009). "Ladd Carriage House to dress down in brown". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ Njus, Elliot (October 7, 2011). "Downtown Portland's Ladd Carriage House sold for $1 million; plan calls for restaurant". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Culverwell, Wendy (October 6, 2011). "Ladd Carriage House sold, to become restaurant". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ Jackson, Reed (April 16, 2012). "Ladd Carriage House goes from horse stalls to fine dining". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 

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