I am a 50ish history and architecture buff who likes to tell stories. I take pictures with my phone so sometimes the images aren’t the greatest. I try to have my pictures show the house as it would be seen from the street or sidewalk. I am telling stories not making art.
I try to follow accepted standards in researching my subjects. I will always say if I feel the information or resource is questionable. I welcome suggested corrections if they can be verified.
I am self-taught. I grew up in a family of builders so it is ‘in my blood’ to some extent. I became interested in architecture in high school. In my 20’s, I spent much of my time in Portland and became aware of the city’s heritage and history in its built environments. As I have gotten older, I have broadened my interests to include urban design and social/economic influences of and on architecture.
Like many people with a passion for something, I found myself wanting to share what I learned with others. Prior to the rise of the Internet, there were few outlets. I was a walking tour guide for a couple of summers and that was enjoyable but it wasn’t quite right.
I finally realized I wanted to tell stories. During the early days of the web, I had a couple of pages devoted to local history. Both now long gone. They were clunky but got me started. A couple of years ago, I started blogging as a way of telling stories. After a couple of less than stellar tries, I developed the format you’re now reading. I hope you find it entertaining and perhaps a bit informative. Please let me know if you like what your reading or if you don’t. I would love to hear from my readers.