Ladd Carriage House

Ladd Carriage House

Infobox Historic building
name = Ladd Carriage House

caption = The Ladd Carriage House a few months prior to its move
latitude = 45.515047
longitude = -122.680892
location_town = Portland, Oregon
location_country = United States
architect = Joseph Sherwin
client = William S. Ladd
completion_date = 1883
style = Stick-Eastlake
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.citeweb |title=Oregon National Register List |url= |date=July 16 2007 |publisher=Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department |accessdate=2008-03-08] [cite web |url= |title=National Register of Historic Places Listings: January 11, 2008 |publisher=National Park Service |accessdate=2008-03-08]

The building served as an outbuilding to the William S. Ladd mansion, once located across Broadway on the block now occupied by the "The Oregonian"'s headquarters. [King, Bart: An Architectural Guidebook to Portland, pgs. 141-142. Gibbs Smith, 2001] Since its decommissioning as a private residential structure, it has been used as offices and retailing space.

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. [ cite web
url =
title = OregonLive: Oregonian Special: Ladd Carriage House Move
accessdate = 2007-08-06
] Nevertheless, this raised alarm bells in the preservationist community and a grass-roots campaign sprang into action to either save or move the old building. 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.

House relocation

After ground was broken on Ladd Tower, the Ladd Carriage House began its move at 7 a.m., June 16 2007. It is currently located on a parking lot at the corner of 10th and Columbia Streets. It is expected to be moved back to its original location by October 2008.

ee also

*Architecture in Portland, Oregon
*List of Registered Historic Places in Multnomah County, Oregon


External links

* [ Friends of the Ladd Carriage House]
* [ Video of the Ladd Carriage House being moved ("The Oregonian")]

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