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A small, century-old Portland condo sells for $250,000: Here’s its fascinating history

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The world was in a state of war in 1917 when a three-story building designed for stylish living was built in southwestern Portland. Within each of the 13 units was a built-in China cabinet, a kitchen with a modern stove of the time, and cold, cold running water flowing into the sink and clawfoot bathtub.

The Merlin building, now known as Marianna, 654SW Grant StreetWas one of the hundreds housing complex It was built in Portland to appeal to an ever-growing middle class population.

Unlike boarding houses, long-term hotels, and barebone flats, many fashionable apartments had high ceilings and crown moldings dressing up parlors.

The exterior of the classic architecture made each apartment Looks like a big house.. Marianna has a square design. Like many of the early apartments, the units here have been converted into condominiums.

The top floor end unit with 581 sq ft of living space in Marianna Building $ 249,000 on April 8th. A similarly sized one-bedroom unit on the second floor was sold for $ 219,500 on May 12.

The expensive ones on the third floor have recently been upgraded, but the only survivors in both homes are the hexagonal tile floors in each bathroom and the “pillbox” or “hatbox” by making a round. Original features such as the nicknamed Victorian style toilet Porcelain tank.

Built in 1917, the bathroom in the Marianna building has an original hexagonal tiled floor, a clawfoot bathtub, a Victorian-style toilet, and a “pillbox” or “pill box” with a round porcelain tank. It was given the nickname “Hatbox”.Photo on page 22

Most of the early apartments were designed by Portland architects and built by developers. Population boom Explosively popular 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Expo..

According to historians, the new concept of permanent housing, the apartment, was introduced in Portland in the early 1900s and by 1914 there were 257 buildings with units for rent. EdtigThe person who wrote the online guide, “Apartment in Portland, Oregon.”

Urban housing demand settled during World War IThe number of apartments opened in Portland between 1914 and 1916 was declining, Mr. Teague said.

It’s amazing that Marianna was built in 1917.

World War I has hit Portland’s economy. With men joining the service, trade with Europe and exports from ports declining, most new construction projects were limited to those essential to the war effort.

For decades, many of Portland’s classic apartments suffered from negligence, but were revived by investors in the 1980s. In 2008, the Marianna Building condo was renewed with new electricity, plumbing and windows.

Today, Marianna’s building is “attractive and the location is great,” says the listing agent. Grant Williams Urban Nest Realty who sold more expensive units

Building on the corner of Southwest Broadway Drive Portland State University is 800 meters (0.5 miles) near Interstate 405.

Investors appreciate that Marianna’s Homeowners Association does not limit the number of rental units. One unit listed on Airbnb Rent for $ 69 per night Stay for more than a month.

The Homeowners Association fee is $ 483 per month.

The one-bedroom Marianna Condominium with 581 sq ft of living space was sold on May 12 for $ 219,500 by broker network list agent Troy Wilkerson.

The one-bedroom Marianna Condominium with 581 sq ft of living space was sold on May 12 for $ 219,500 by broker network list agent Troy Wilkerson.Broker network

See more Portland’s Most Famous Apartment Building: Stroll through this gallery of important and surviving apartment buildings that have risen from the day of the 100th Anniversary Expo of Lewis and Clark before 1905 to the Great Depression.

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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