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United States Custom House (Portland, Oregon)
Object NameUnited States Custom House (Portland, Oregon)
Alternate NameU. S. Custom House (Portland, Oregon)
United States Customs House (Portland, Oregon)
United States Customhouse (Portland, Oregon)
U. S. Customhouse (Portland, Oregon)
Creator/RoleJames Knox Taylor (architect, 1857-1929)
Edgar Marks Lazarus (construction superintendent, 1868-1939)
CreatorTaylor, James K.
Lazarus, Edgar M.
CountryUnited States
Site Detail220 Northwest 8th Avenue
Photograph DateNovember 3, 1968
PhotographerMarion Dean Ross (1913-1991)
CatalogerEdward H. Teague
Object Typearchitecture
built works
views (visual works)
exterior views
public buildings
government office buildings
SignficanceNational Register of Historic Places (Listed, 1973)
ReferenceNational Register of Historic Places,
NotesThe U. S. Custom House was designed and built by the Office of Supervising Architect of the United States Treasury. James Knox Taylor was head of the office from October 1897 until July 1912. Edgar M. Lazarus was the local architect in Portland designated as superintendent of construction for this work. An article in the Morning Oregonian, March 3, 1898, confirms that plans for the building were ready before Lazarus was hired for his supervisory role.
Creator NotesTeague, Edward H. "Introducing Edgar Lazarus, The Architect of Vista House" Vista House Views, FOVH Newsletter, Spring 2011, p. 1-2, 7, 9, 10-11.
Metadata NotesDescription of this work is based initially on documentation supplied by the image provider. It is often the case with gift slides that very little information is provided. Review and updating of descriptive information by the collection cataloger is ongoing.
Digital CollectionBuilding Oregon: Architecture of Oregon & the Pacific Northwest
Source CollectionArchitecture & Allied Arts Library, University of Oregon Libraries,
Image SourceGift of Wallace K. Huntington from the estate of Marion Dean Ross
PublisherUniversity of Oregon Libraries
Copyright© University of Oregon. This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License ( ). Acknowledgement of the University of Oregon Libraries as a source is required.. All rights reserved.
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Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Oregon Libraries
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