In 1918, a third of U.S. households had a telephone and less than 20 percent had a stove. There were iceboxes and few refrigerators. And the most popular entertainment devices were the player piano and phonograph.
Fast forward 100 years: Many Portland homes built in 1918 are not only still standing, but they’re popular because of their architectural character and location.
Over the decades, owners have updated the kitchen and bathrooms. After all, when the houses were constructed, claw-foot tubs took up most of the floor space in the average home’s one bathroom.
Some owners of century-old homes also modernized other parts of their living space.
History purists leave all the original features pristine, but they might paint walls a trendy color when it’s time to replace the wallpaper.
Bay windows, French doors and molding may remain, but a contemporary fixture might hang where there once was a formal crystal chandelier.
An although the parlor is called a living room now, we still might enter it through an arched opening off the foyer.
In this week’s real estate gallery, we look at Portland area homes built in 1917, 1918 and 1919 that are on the market or recently sold. We expanded beyond the centennial year of 1918 to better show a range of styles and progress.
— Janet Eastman