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Ladd Carriage House

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
Area less than one acre
Built 1883
Built by William S. Ladd
Architect Joseph Sherwin
Architectural style Stick-Eastlake
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 09001211
(previously 80003369)
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, circa 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 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

House relocation and renovation

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]

See also


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  4. ^ King, Bart: An Architectural Guidebook to Portland, pp. 141–142. Gibbs Smith, 2001.
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  7. ^ a b c Ladd Carriage House story flyer (PDF). 2008. Friends of the Ladd Carriage House. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
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External links

  • Friends of the Ladd Carriage House
  • )The OregonianVideo of the Ladd Carriage House being moved (
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