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Harker, Love and van Rensselaer Buildings
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Harker Building

Built 1878
728-730 SW First Avenue

Architect: Unknown
Cast-Iron Manufacturer: Union Iron Works

Built as a unified block of separate store fronts by three owners, these buildings started to take on their own personalities over time. In the beginning, the iron work of all three matched that of the Pearne Building down the street. 

Of the three attached buildings, the Harker retains most of its pilasters and sash columns, making it one of the most intact storefronts in Portland. Two original piers carry the mark of the Union Iron Works. The sash columns are unusual and include a diamond plate-like pattern at the base and a “fence” of arrows and button courses on the body.  

Photographs by Kevin Costello



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