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C.M. Forbes House Portland

C.M. Forbes House Portland

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This is the C.M. Forbes House in Portland, Oregon. While I wish I could tell you that the stunning Victorian home still stands today, sadly it was demolished in 1929. The spectacular, ornate Queen Anne was built in 1889 for Charles Forbes, a successful furniture store owner. Can you believe it only stood for 40 years before it was lost forever? I included an old postcard I found of the home, as well as a photo of the high rise apartment building (built in the 1960s) that stands in place of the lost architectural jewel today.
 

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This is the C.M. Forbes House in Portland, Oregon. While I wish I could tell you that the stunning Victorian home still stands today, sadly it was demolished in 1929. The spectacular, ornate Queen Anne was built in 1889 for Charles Forbes, a successful furniture store owner. Can you believe it only stood for 40 years before it was lost forever? I included an old postcard I found of the home, as well as a photo of the high rise apartment building (built in the 1960s) that stands in place of the lost architectural jewel today.

I’ve created the multimedia piece, “C.M. Forbes House, Portland, OR,” inspired by the tragic loss of the home — and I’ve included it in a new series I call “Lost American Architecture: In Memoriam.” I wanted to show why I’m so passionate about capturing historic homes and buildings with my paint brush before it’s too late. The truth is we’re losing historic structures in this country at an alarming rate. I’m hoping to inspire people to appreciate these invaluable treasures and fight for their survival like I do. 

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