USk: Painted Girls, Alphabet District

W16 5 7 USK ALPHABET 004We see these sweet homes on the way to our vets, and on walks.
They are no where near special enough to be saved when the bulldozers come,
which they will because way laid back Portlandiars won’t fight to save the NW Industrial corridor, and so very soon the ugliest high rises in the world will be sitting here….
They will be horrified.  Too Late.

These are not grown up Painted Ladies,
they are teeny bungalows, so charming, a slice of history.
They probably started out much like the center one,
with little trim applied and no fancy front porch.
Over time they were painted different colors,
one added a bigger porch, and two a LOT of trim…
But they kept the RED DOORS!  They’ve been repainted so the reds are
a bit different, ranging from orange-red to brick red, but they are all still red!
I am charmed, and would love to have one — I’d fight to save it when the bulldozers came, chain myself to the porch and make them drag me kicking and screaming into the street.  Trust me, the stuff they are building here in NW Portland is SOOOOOOO BAD.

That one in the center is our house,
with the clear red door and the prayer flags…

W16 5 7 USK ALPHABET 001Check out Thursday Doors, with Norm’s amazing doors, and others, here!)

Strathmore Journal, with a Pentalic 2B woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon pen,
and Greenleaf & Blueberry and Daniel Smith watercolors.


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22 Responses to USk: Painted Girls, Alphabet District

  1. bikerchick57 says:

    Adorable homes! Why do we put up monstrous, ugly buildings in place of history and charm? Of course, red doors are my favorite on any building and they make these homes stand out. It’s too bad they are going away, Katie, but it appears that progress is moving on in your area.


  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    A nice red door will always work for me 🙂


  3. Dan Antion says:

    They should make you the queen. Several years ago, Pheiser Corp worked with the city of New London to take a woman’s home by eminent domain because they didn’t want to see the house from their conference room. The woman caught them all the way to the Supreme Court, and lost. Pheiser eventually abandoned the facility. It was one of the saddest stories I ever followed in the news.


  4. What sweet little houses. You painted them beautifully. I am sorry they will be gone…


  5. we live in a street that is heritage listed which means you have to work with the homes that are here… of course it came too late and we ended up in an awful brick place that had replaced the beautiful old wooden structures, but I like to think that as it morphs and grows and changes we are getting it back closer to where it used to be… I love our tree lined street of older structures and am so thankful they are retaining their character in the face of development all around us. just a few streets away our lovely old “town” centre is being a bit swamped by some highrise… but at least they aren’t monstrosities and they are making an effort and are only a maximum of 6 stories high… and they have to work around the gorgeous old fig trees… but it is still a little sad at times… I would miss these adorable little places as well…xx


  6. artmusedog says:

    Oh they are delightful homes and love your style of painting them and especially like the red door effect and the peace flags ~

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^


  7. Tracy says:

    Charming houses, beautifully captured. What a shame they must go. Sometimes ‘progress’ sucks!


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