Downtown Italianate townhouse earns place in history
Portland's 139-year-old Fried-Durkheimer House was named this month to the National Register of Historic Places.
The house constructed in 1880 for Morris and Annie Marks was named to the list as a prime example of an Italianate Town House. It also is one of few examples of that architectural style remaining in Portland.
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the house's nomination to the history list in June. The National Park Service accepted the nomination Nov. 8.
The Italianate style was popular in Portland between the 1860s and 1890s. Many of the Italianate buildings were constructed in the downtown area. Those were demolished for decades to make way for commercial and multifamily development.
The Fried-Durkheimer House was moved in 2017 five blocks east and a dozen blocks south of its original location, a move to save the house from demolition. The house is now on Southwest Broadway Drive.
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