Stumptown Goes Uptown: Architect Warren H. Williams in Portland, 1873-1888

09/30/2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT


Exhibition Related Program


  • $20.00  -  General Public
  • $12.00  -  AHC Members


Entering the final quarter of the 19th century, wealthy Portlanders were ready to display their success in showpiece homes and stylish commercial structures. Arriving from San Francisco in early 1873 after a devastating fire destroyed many of Portland’s modest wood and brick buildings, Warren H. Williams spent the next fifteen years designing dozens of buildings. The interiors often featured exceptional materials and workmanship; his cast-iron structures lent an air of classical elegance to downtown streets. Williams also drew plans for a sewer line, a tax collector’s boat, a hospital, and a roadhouse, and worked with other talented architects and mentored beginners who developed careers of their own. Did his work ever cross the line into excess and ostentation? Presenter Eileen Fitzsimons hopes for a lively exchange of opinions.


Fitzsimons has used her degrees in art and history to share her love of architecture. She has worked in construction, maintained a 100-year old Bungalow, and restored an 1890 beach cottage. She has written articles on neighborhood history and architecture for the Sellwood Bee for 20 years, authored three entries for the Oregon Encyclopedia, and written National Register nominations. Fitzsimons leads AHC walking tours of Sellwood and Westmoreland, where she has lived for 35 years.


This lecture program is held at the Architectural Heritage Center - 701 SE Grand Avenue


Parking is on-street (free on Saturdays) or in the parking lot on the west side of Grand Avenue between SE Yamhill and Belmont Streets - just to the north of the Grand MarketplaceDo not use the lot where Dutch Bros. Coffee is locatedThank you to Bolliger and Sons Insurance for sharing their lot with us for our evening and Saturday education programs.


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