Recent Opportunities


Tour NW Portland’s Historic Goldsmith Addition Homes

NW Children’s Theater & School (NWCT) and NW Neighborhood Cultural Center (NNCC) present, the 4th Annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes — Restored City Homes of the Historic Goldsmith Addition. 

The tour begins at NNCC (originally known as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1909), located at: 1819 NW Everett St., Portland, Oregon.

Tickets for this walking tour are $25 and are available at NWCT’s website: or at NNCC/NWCT the day of the event. The tour includes six historic homes in NW Portland. All proceeds will be utilized for improvements to accessibility for the disabled, in the Historic NW Neighborhood Cultural Center, home of NW Children’s Theater & School and other organizations which draw thousands of children and families to the building and neighborhood annually.

Inspiration for this year’s tour is the now famously saved and soon to be restored Goldsmith Home. 2015 has been the year of the demolition of “good old houses”, a recurrent wave of hasty destruction that comes with a renewed economy.

With half dozen demolitions, proposed, or near misses this year just North of Lovejoy alone, this tour shows the public that North of Lovejoy is rich with historic resources and possesses criteria to merit special designation just like the Alphabet District South of Lovejoy.

The Goldsmith Home, the family home built by Portland’s first Jewish mayor, Bernard Goldsmith was designed by one of Portland’s most gifted architects, Edgar Lazarus (U.S. Customs  House, Vista House at Crown Point and Pioneer Courthouse). Losing the Goldsmith Home would have been an unspeakable tragedy, but thanks to 10 neighbors that pooled funds in chunks of $100-$800,000, this home was saved.

This tour includes these homes:

  1. The Kyer Home (1909, Architect: Emil Schacht)
  2. The Wilson Home (1904, Architect: David Williams)
  3. The Barlow Home (1896, Architect unknown)
  4. The Bernard Goldsmith Home (1892)
  5. The Ladd Home (1898, Architect: Whidden & Lewis)
  6. The George T. Willett Home (1911, Architect: Josef Jacobberger)

This year’s tour is dedicated in honor and in memory of Mike Ryerson (1940-2015), former committee member, founder of Mike’s History Tours, local NW historian and preservation advocate.

NWCT and NNCC thanks fellow event presenters, The Dan Volkmer Team and Windermere Stellar and event sponsors: Antoinette Antiques & Estate Jewelry, Arciform, Caffe Mingo, Fidelity National Title, Mark Benham Mortgage Express, NNCC Board, Pearl Med Spa, Slabtown Tours, Uptown Hardware and World Cup Roasters.

For more information call NWCT at 503-222-4480.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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