Look for our booth at the Slabtown Festival! 11am-6pm
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About your tour guide . . .
Former Northwest Portlander
Tanya Lyn March received her doctoral degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2010, focusing on historic preservation and community development. She has a master's degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and is raising two young boys who attend Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland. She is currently working on a book about home front experiences of children who lived in the Guild's Lake Courts war housing in Northwest Portland during World War II.
What Portland experts have to say about your tour guide:
"Tanya March is a deeply knowledgeable historian and historic preservation professional with skills to delve deeply into any question about urban growth."
-Carl Abbot, historian and prolific author
"Great researcher. Very involved in city planning and neighborhood activities. Fully engaged in the Portland community."
-Chet Orloff, director and president of Museum of the City.
"Tanya has contributed numerous times to the online architecture magazine for which I am the editor. Her knowledge of Portland's history and its built environment is impressive, yet she is equally adept at communicating and bringing alive that which she writes about - making history resonate for a broad contemporary audience. What's more, she's never missed a deadline."
- Brian Libby, freelance journalist
"An extraordinary archival researcher with a talent for identifying and recognizing the content of historical photos I have never seen in anyone else."
-Tim Askin, owner at Pacific History Services
"Ran an excellent class on historic preservation and helped inspire the creation of our neighborhood's historic district application - which is on the fast track to be the first mid-century modern listing in Oregon."
-Elizabeth Chapin, student PSU
Find out what our guests are saying:
Thank you Brooklyn Sherman and Olivia O. Roberts our Junior Tour Guides, these teenage interns are lending their support and enthusiasm for Portland's History. They will both be assisting at our Slabtown Festival Booth on September 19, 2015.
Our Apologies: Tanya March typically spends Tuesdays and Wednesdays leading children on tours that attend local Portland area summer camps and schools. Sorry for any inconveience that causes our out of town guests. Tours are year round and you might get lucky and receive a private tour in the off season. We are looking forward to meeting you this year.
Slabtown Nob Hill Fun Fact #21
What house in Nob Hill was restored in the 1970s using material from Jeanne D'Arc Hotel?
It was the Nathan Loeb House built in 1893. Rudolph Becker was never able to live in this house, he had built at 726 NW 22nd. The panic of 1893 was the worst economic depression the America had ever seen. Becker was lucky to find an occupant who could take over the house. Loeb ended up raising eight children in the home. The panic was in part caused by overbuilding once the banks failed newly constructed houses were left vacant across the United States. Empty Victorian houses became a part of ghost stories. This house in featured in our Nob Hill tour. Our Night with Ghost tour focuses on other locations in the neighborhood.
It is hard to imagine today the desire to clad this home in faux brick asphalt siding. These two images of the Loeb house are from its national Register Nomination. The early picture was a significant resource for the restoration efforts. “Using the Kaufman photos, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan of Westblock Glass[,] duplicated the original stained-glass designs and re-installed them.” The Neighbor p 10, 11/ 1978, by Deirdre Stone. The image of the demolition of the Marabou West Apartments/Jean D'Arc Hotel is courtesy of Norman Gholston.