Category Archives: Design and Architecture

  1. What’s next for Milwaukie, Ore.? Look to the past, perhaps.


    December 28, 2013 by John Chilson

    Milwaukie, Oregon, is an interesting place. No, really. It has a rich, historical past that’s often overlooked. The Lot Whitcomb, …
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  2. The Witherspoon Building is getting a makeover


    September 11, 2013 by John Chilson

    Built in 1890 as a saloon, dance hall, and brothel, the Witherspoon Building, located at 424 SW 4th, is in …
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  3. A Milwaukie brewer, and a call for Portland brewmasters to make a pre-Prohibition beer


    August 31, 2013 by John Chilson

    Down in Milwaukie, Ore., snuggled near the Ledding Library sits the former home of Philip Streib. As you come around …
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  4. Speaking of Portland: A new guide from Herb Lester


    August 29, 2013 by John Chilson

    Just some quick self promotion here. I helped collaborate with Herb Lester Associates out of London on their brand, spanking …
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  5. Photo of the week: Flora, Oregon


    March 17, 2013 by John Chilson

    India Littler from anemone antiques and cloudberry studio sent us this remarkable photograph (she discovered it and kindly scanned it for …
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  6. Lost: Country Bills, Portland, Ore.


    November 28, 2012 by John Chilson

    A few weeks back, Country Bills in Woodstock was demolished to make way for Gawd-knows-what (mixed-used condos?). My pal managed …
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  7. Diary of a Portland 1920s teen


    November 12, 2012 by John Chilson

    I first met Doris on Twitter earlier in the year. I started following her because her tweets were interesting – …
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  8. Photo of the Week: Downtown Burns, Oregon


    October 21, 2012 by John Chilson

    I’ll let the back of the postcard describe the scene: Main Street, Burns, Oregon, center of Oregon cattle industry, and …
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