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Jim Heuer

Fred, excellent post. While small, the Rayworth House is a great symbol of a time with working class home buyers expected fine craftsmanship in their otherwise modest cottages, and when Portland provided thousands of jobs paying enough to buy those homes.

One addition, though. I'd like to mention the early hue and cry raised by former Portland architectural historian Roy Roos. Roy is best known for his two authoritative books on Portland neighborhoods, the first on Irvington, and the second on the neighborhoods making up the original town of Albina, including Boise, Elliott, and parts of Piedmont among others.

Roy's Albina book highlighted the Rayworth House, including it as one of the gems of the area in a color photo on its cover. When friends of his in the neighborhood told him of the land subdivision application and inevitable demolition of the house, Roy swung into action, firing off dozens of emails to everyone he could think of and penning articles for neighborhood publications. His efforts helped fire up the neighborhood and the ultimately well publicized and successful effort to save the house.

Currently Roy lives in New York State just outside of New York City, and is involved in architectural preservation and history in his East Coast home, but continues to stay tuned to historic preservation issues in Portland. While his Irvington book has long been out of print and is now a collectors' item, his Albina book is available at local bookstores.

Caroline Dao

Jim is correct! I first saw this at a neighborhood meeting. Kay Newell of Sunlan lighting brought a flyer that Roy Roos had sent to her (others?). The consensus was that this house was going to be destroyed as the demo permit had already been applied for and you need considerable time to move, and there was no historic protection. In the weeks following, Roy Roos had penned the Eliot article which got my attention again along with a few others. I started the Change.org petition and then reached out to Roy Roos myself soaking up as much information as I could. We've kept in touch throughout this process. His knowledge, and advocacy was key and if not for him and many, MANY others, this house move would not have happened. Like I told Cathy Galbraith, the way this story played out was almost an offer of protection from one old house to the rest. Quite amazing how alive The Edwin Rayworth ended up being.

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