The Amico Group - The Hasson Co.
Anita Singh Cardoso - The Hasson Co.        
        Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry
Besaw's Café (good luck with your move)
Cerulean Skies Winery
Child's Play Toys
The Dan Volkmer Team
The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
Holiday Inn Express
Inner City Properties
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
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
Vintners Cellar
Windermere Stellare

Find all of our July walking tours for purchase online gift card holders can also reserve spots for tours online.
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About your tour guides . . .

Former Northwest Portlander 
Tanya Lyn March received herdoctoral 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. 

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

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.
Order online.
Northwest Tour #2

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
Order online.

Northwest Tour #3


Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
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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
Summer 2015

Tickets For A Night With Ghosts can be ordered online.
Living guests must be 21+ for these summer haunted tours.


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

Private Group Tours
School Field Trips
Rates Available

We Accept
American Express
and Discover


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

or email 

All tours can be purchased online via EventBrite.  

Snail Mail 

Slabtown Tours
PO Box 83253
Portland, OR

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.    

Slabtown Nob Hill Fun 
Fact #19
Why is there an elk on the Mackenzie House?

The bust of a white stag centered below a framing arch of slate shingles is a symbol from the MacKenzie family coat of arms—denoting the doctor’s strong connection to the family’s Scottish roots.  I would have loved to have been in the room when the client asked the architects of the 1887 Annex to the Portland Armory (now the Gerding Theater) “to stick an Elk on it”.


A curiously rich and balanced blend of Richardsonian Romanesque and Shingle styles sets this important historic landmark apart from many homes in the neighborhood, through the dark slate shingles used as a dominant material in the exterior cladding.  The building is rich with architectural detailing on both exterior and interior, and is constructed of quality materials throughout, including sandstone, slate, ornamental woodwork, and plaster.  The use of rusticated Tenino stone is eye-catching.  The light hue of the tower and chimney’s sandstone makes a striking contrast to the dark slate shingles.  The elegant stones were imported from Tenino, Washington; when these stones were ordered in 1890 the quarry had just started to expand operations that led to a sandstone “boom town” that petered out between 1915 and 1920 as concrete replaced the use of sandstone in construction projects.  The only more highly acclaimed house built in this style and material palette was the Julius Loewenberg House, constructed in the same year and demolished in 1960.  Join me on one of my 2 pm Sunday Historic Home Tours to chat about this house and the neighborhood context.