Tuesday, October 27, 2020


The Rise and Fall of the Oregon Home Builders Company

Edgefield - Blackberry Hall

5 pm doors, 6:30 pm event

All ages welcome

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Due to COVID and staffing changes, this event has been postponed indefinitely.

About The Rise and Fall of the Oregon Home Builders Company

The Rise and Fall of the Oregon Home Builders Company

Presented by Doug Decker, local historian

The story of the Oregon Home Builders is one of a big vision that ended in bankruptcy and likely even unprosecuted fraud. But it’s also a story of productivity and lasting accomplishment, with works of careful design and craftsmanship that have survived a century.

Founded in 1912 by a group of established Portland and Willamette Valley businessmen, OHB’s primary mission appears to have been to make a lot of money, to use as much of other people’s money as possible to do that, and to benefit from skyrocketing growth in real estate and in-migration to the Portland area in the years following the 1905 Lewis and Clark World’s Fair, which put the city on the map.

Join us to learn about the meteoric rise, successful operation, and dramatic crash of the company that brought the hope of home ownership to a mass market, designing and building dozens of durable and beautiful homes on Portland’s Eastside before falling into bankruptcy in 1917.

About the Speaker:

Doug writes a history column for the Concordia News and Alameda PDX News, and runs a website devoted to old house and neighborhood history in Northeast Portland: www.alamedahistory.org. He also conducts architectural and social history studies of buildings and places through interviews, document and archive research, photo research and other explorations to create a rich understanding of a property and its impact, significance and role over time.

Photo Credit: OHB President Oliver Jeffery in Who’s Who in Oregon, 1911

About Edgefield History Pub

Edgefield History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp