Portland home is another example of Simon Benson's influence

Portland home is another example of Simon Benson's influence

Simon Benson House

1803 SW Park Ave.

The legacy of one of Portland's most famous timbermen, Simon Benson, is found throughout Portland, from Benson Bubbler drinking fountains to Benson Polytechnic High School.

Benson's Queen Anne home, built in 1900, is a richly decorated beauty with a curved porch and rounded windows located downtown on the corner of S.W. 11th and Clay. The Benson family lived there for 12 years, but over time, the home fell into disrepair, complete with boarded-up windows and an official condemnation by the city in 1991.

The home was saved from demolition by a group of home-loving Portlanders, the Friends of Simon Benson House, and in 2000, it was moved to Portland State University's campus, where today it's home to the PSU Alumni Association.

— Melissa L. Jones

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