The historic Ladd-Reingold House--listed on the
National Historic Registry and featured on HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk",
Northwest, NBC, CBS, the Oregonian, Oregon Home and the
This 1910 Craftsman-style house includes collections of:
mermaids, artistamps, crowns, hamburgers, a Cadillac couch, 10
foot clothes pin, a rare Soundie Machine, over 500 hats,
Steinbeck's doorstop, Cher's pants, The Woman Who Married
House wedding cake, kitsch and the little roadster that
went coast to coast.
|1928 S. E. Ladd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214
|Map to this location
Area: 5,956 square feet
Height: 47 feet
Weight: 409,200 pounds
Occupation: The Hat Museum
Hobbies: Preservation and Keeping Alyce Happy
Pet peeves: Traffic and dog hair
Member: Ladd's Addition
Portland was growing up around William S. Ladd's sheep
pasture. A trolley car ran along its north border on Hawthorne Avenue.
Ladd of the Ladd-Tilton Bank, refused to divide and develop his property
until the idea was right. He found his plan, as legend goes, on a
visit to Washington, D.C.
In 1891 Ladd returned from the nation's capitol with a
capital idea. He had a plan (one of the first attempts at city planning
on the West Coast) for a neighborhood designed for a quality life.
Ladd's Addition is a system of diagonal streets, four
diamond-shaped rose gardens and a center circle named Central Park on the
original plan. Driveways are uncommon--instead a
series of alleys connect neighbors and garages.
A 1922 advertisement for Ladd's Addition called it, "A residential section
for cultured people."
It's also been called, "The place where the streets go
crazy." Visitors to Ladd's Addition have been known to get lost while
on foot! Sunset Magazine featured Ladd's Addition in its May 1983
issue and walking tours of the neighborhood are usually conducted in May.
Many of the historic homes are open for tour day.
Iron rings for tethering horses still decorate curbs and
the largest stand of elms in the city is in Ladd's Addition. In 1977
Ladd's Addition was designated an Historic Conservation District and currently
122 Ladd houses are considered of Primary Historic Significance and are
eligible for the National Historic Registry.
One of these houses is the Ladd-Reingold House.
Build in 1910 and owned by the Reingold family, the house is of Craftsman-style
architecture which is characterized by large over-hanging eaves.
There are several similar homes in Ladd's Addition, however,
this is the only house with a large wide A-design on its southwest side.
The house has four levels and 17 rooms, was originally heated with sawdust
furnace and features leaded glass windows, a dumb waiter and closets so
large that they have their own windows.
The Ladd-Reingold House survived a depressing period after
the 1950's and was abandoned for nearly 5 years. Restoration began
in 1974 and continues today. Ladd's Addition itself has been in a
revitalization mode since the late '70's.
She watches the house from the garage
Secret hiding places, enclosed rooms, prohibition stills
and occasional "spirits" are typical with Ladd houses. The Ladd-Reingold
House is no exception. A dumb waiter (a small elevator-type shaft)
between the basement and kitchen, was discovered in 1980 behind a kitchen
wall. A man's clay pipe was found over a basement beam evidently
left by a workman while building the house nearly 100 years ago.
A Civil War era bullet was uncovered in the yard with a metal detector
in 1978. A secret hiding place in the main floor fireplace was found
empty. A fencing foil was found in the attic when insulation was
added in the flooring area.
The house has been used for photography sessions and in
1984 was the scene for a movie set.
The Ladd-Reingold House is currently owned by period kitsch
collector Alyce Cornyn-Selby, author and international speaker. Nicknamed
"The Museum" by clients and friends, the Ladd-Reingold House has plenty
of artifacts--a 1940 movie arcade player, a 10-foot clothes pin, hat and
costume collection, a couch made out of a 1966 red Cadillac and a full
sized British phone booth.
Whoever said, "Home is the one wild place in a world of
rules," probably had the Ladd-Reingold House in mind when they said it.
The Ladd-Reingold House was the scene of an unusual wedding
in 1996 and was featured on the Leeza Show, the Maury Povich Show, Linda
Ellerbee's Talk Soup and the Carol and Marilyn Show, AM Northwest,
the National Inquirer, the Sun and in British television and newspapers.
HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" show featured the Ladd-Reingold
House and the amazing coincidences between the various
of the house.
Alyce Cornyn-Selby is an International speaker
and popular talk show guest and author of What’s
Your Sabotage? and the Procrastinator’s Success
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