When my friend was here from Arizona, we walked in Northwest Portland. It is a unique district with older homes and trendy shops. Many of the enormous older homes have been subdivided into condos and apartments, but in the streets above the shopping district there are still stately single family mansions, former homes of the people who built up Portland. A guidebook of the neighborhood reads like a who’s who in 1890.
In fact, we had lunch at Besaw’s on NW 23rd which was opened in 1903 and became a popular watering hole during the 1905 World’s Fair in Portland. After Prohibition, Besaw’s was the first place in Oregon to get a liquor license. During Prohibition they had become an eatery in order to stay in business. If this intriques you, see http://www.besaws.com/about/ . Sadly, I have no pictures of my delicious Reuben Sandwich or our outside seating.
Below the mansion district are the regular homes of the earlier day, now highly sought and not so “regular”(see below). People know how to have fun in NW Portland! It’s a little bit classy and a little bit wacky.
Outside this home’s (retrofitted) garage and entryway, natural colored stones were used in mosaics as focal interest:
In a flower shop entry I was caught by the last-of -season snapdragons and alstromeria and the first-of-season fall wreaths. I noted the natural hand tied framework for future reference: