OUR TOUR SPONSORS
The Amico Group - The Hasson Co.
Anita Singh Cardoso - The Hasson Co.        
        Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry
Bar Mingo
Besaw's Café (good luck with your move)
Cerulean Skies Winery
Child's Play Toys
The Dan Volkmer Team
Holiday Inn Express
Jim & Patty's Coffee: Immediate Care Center
Leo Jacobs - The Hasson Co
Lompoc Tavern
Lowthian & Lowthian - Realty Trust Group
McMenamins Tavern & Pool

NW Portland Hostel & Guesthouse
Oxalis
Pitman Family Dentistry
Salt & Straw
Santa Fe Taqueria
Sasha Welford - Debbie Thomas Real Estate
SELCO Community Credit Union
Slabtown Community Festival
21st Avenue Bar & Grill
Twist Frozen Yogurt & Coffee Bar
Uptown EyeCare & Optical, P.C.
Vintners Cellar
Windermere Stellare


Slabtour Tours Staff are Volunteering at this event so there will be no tours Sunday June 21, 2015.  Take this opportunity to see inside some great historic homes.


Fourth Annual Walking Tour of Historic Homes
Sunday June 21, 2015
11am-4pm
"Restored City Homes of the Historic Goldsmith Addition"
Purchase Tickets at this link
$25/each



Our Tours in the News!
"Ryerson and business partner Tanya March lead walking
tours of the (Slabtown) area. 'This is the Hollywood and
Vine of Slabtown,' Ryerson said recently, standing near
the intersection of Northwest 23rd and Savier Street.
Behind him was a house built by Daniel Kern in 1882,
the oldest structure on Northwest 23rd. It's now
a chiropractor's office."

                                       --Rebecca Koffman, The Oregonian
                                                                       September, 2014


Northwest Tour #1

Nob Hill
Alphabet District

Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

 
Northwest Tour #2
Historic
Slabtown

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
link to:
order online tickets

Northwest Tour #3
Historic 
Homes

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
or by appointment for
parties of six or more.

The Historic Homes Tour will be Free for the first 20 guests on June 19th at 6pm The focus will on Black History in Northwest Portland.

The second Free Tour is on June 28th at 2pm
which will focus on historic homes in the Alphabet Historic District thanks to the NW International Hostel

The starting point these two special days will be
425 NW 18th.

Northwest Tour #4
A Night With Ghosts:
Haunted History in
NW Portland


Every Friday the 13th
at 5:30 PM
And Multiple Dates in October 2015.
Adding 21+ nights ever second Thursdays for Summer 2015
Tickets For A Night With Ghosts can be ordered online.
Living guests must be 21+ for these summer haunted tours.

TOUR RATES

Adults - $20
Seniors (65+) $18
Youths/Children $10
Tots (5 and underFree

Private Group Tours
and
School Field Trips
Rates Available


We Accept
VISA
MasterCard
American Express
and Discover


RESERVATIONS

REQUIRED
We recommend reserving your spot by 9pm day prior to tour

503.206.4676
or email 
slabtowntours@gmail.com

Some tours can be purchased online via EventBrite.  More online offers for July are pending.
LINK To Purchase Tours Online.


Snail Mail 

Slabtown Tours
PO Box 83253
Portland, OR
97283

In the summer we are spending Tuesdays and Wednesdays leading children on tours that attend local Portland area Summer Camps.  During the school year those days are typically committed to Third Grade and Middle School Students.   Sorry for any inconveience that causes our out of town guests.    


About your tour guides . . .

Tanya Lyn March 

Former Northwest Portlander Tanya Lyn March received her
doctoral degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University
in 2010, focusing on historic preservation and community
development. She has a master's degree in Historic Preservation 
from Columbia University and is raising two young boys who
attend Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland.
She is currently working on a book about home front experiences
of children who lived in the Guild's Lake Courts war housing
in Northwest Portland during World War II.
Check out her history treasured blog at:

For guided walking tour reservations, information about slide presentations, or Northwest Portland historic research, updates on honoring Mike Ryerson e-mail Tanya March at slabtowntours@gmail.com 
 or call 503.206.4676

Two Junior Two Guides will be joining us for the Summer of 2015

Brooklyn Sherman & Olivia O. Roberts



Slabtown Nob Hill Fun 
Fact #18
What was Eric Ladd's Real
Name?


Answer Eric Ladd was born Leslie Carter Hansen on July 29, 1920.

Leslie Carter Hansen attended Ainsworth Elementary School and Lincoln High School.  Eric Ladd was the name he adopted in 1941 when he studied acting presumedly had an acting career in Hollywood until 1943.  He returned to the area to become a shipyard worker in 1943.  He was handsome, debonair, and a connoisseur of elegant old buildings-predating-a formalized system of preservation, he was winging it.
 I found a wonderful article from Northwest Sunday Magazine on March 21, 1971 that details a number of the buildings that Eric attempted to save.

 Eric_Ladd_NW_Magazine_1971.pdf
3.8 MB


Eric Ladd faced rampant demolition of historic structures not unlike the threats historic buildings see today in Portland as we face an increasing demand for multi-unit residential rental houses. Once the demand for parking drove demolitions - currently the demand for housing is driving the wave of demolitions. In the 1960s Ladd collected a number of historic buildings the way some elite collect antique cars.  The collection of homes, fondly called "the colony" stood on a two acre tract of land at SW 21st and Jefferson. He operated a restaurant out of the Kamm House from 1955 to 1959. The structures were moved there and all but one had been condemned by the City of Portland.  His home will be open to the public for twenty-five dollars on June 21st, 2015.  The Eric Ladd home in Nob Hill is pictured in this charming image below (courtesy Norman Gholston) but you'll need to attend the tour to obtain the address.



 Eric Ladd was one of the leaders in saving cast iron components of buildings being demolished during the 1960s Urban Renewal Era. He was also instrumental in saving the Pittock Mansion. (A house museum must -visit for any tourist reading my website this month.) 

  


Eric Ladd received the Northwest Examiner historic preservation award in 1994 and the Bosco-Milligan Foundation award in 1999.