1911 Buckman Apartments, Auto Shop to Be Torn Down

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 106-year-old apartment complex and automotive repair shop will be demolished to make way for a new apartment building.

Located at 1335 SE Stark St., the three-story brick apartment building was constructed in 1911. The building is nearly 11,000 square feet in size and sits on a 10,000-square-foot corner lot.

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The apartment complex is now known as the Washington High Apartments. The west end of the building is home to City Automotive Repair.

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Property records show the building changed hands in October, from Waldorf Limited Partnership to Blueberry Development LP. No monetary amount was attached to the transfer, records show.

City Automotive Repair is located at the west end of the building and is also slated for demolition, according to city records. Photo credit: Portland Chronicle contributor

A month earlier, the city received a preliminary application proposing new development on the site. The application described a four-story, 39-unit apartment complex with 12 parking spaces to replace the 1911 apartment building.

According to Redfin, the existing building has 13 apartment units.

A view from the back: the 1911 Washington High Apartments are seen at the left, while Revolution Hall, located in the old Washington High School building, is seen at the right. Photo credit: Portland Chronicle contributor

The Washington High Apartments’ website says the 1911 “dark brick vintage building features art decor craftsmanship and wood work through out, beautifully framed large windows, beautiful wood staircase and railings, vaulted 12’ ceilings, textured walls, curved archways, ornamental steam heated radiators, and a comfortable community lounge area.”

On Jan. 9, Mike Coyle of permit fast-tracking company Faster Permits submitted an application to demolish the 106-year-old building on behalf of the developer. The contractor was listed as Essex General Construction Inc.

The application was approved and the permit was issued the same day.

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