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Zimmerman, Ferdinand, Building (Portland, Oregon)

Zimmerman, Ferdinand, Building (Portland, Oregon)
LC Subject
Architecture, American Architecture--United States
Kleeman, Otto K.
Creator Display
Otto Karl Kleemann (architect, 1855-1936)
This image is included in Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, a digital collection which provides documentation about the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
information record
Design Library, University of Oregon Libraries
Work Type
architecture (object genre) built works views (visual works) exterior views dwellings
Portland >> Clackamas County >> Oregon >> Pacific Northwest Multnomah County >> Oregon >> Pacific Northwest Oregon >> Pacific Northwest United States
Street Address
621-629 Northwest 23rd Avenue
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Rights Holder
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
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Primary Set
Building Oregon
Is Part Of
Alphabet Historic District (Portland, Oregon)
University of Oregon
Alphabet Historic District National Register Nomination
"Description: This mixed-use building is located on the west side of NW 23rd Avenue, a busy arterial. It is a three-story structure with a rectilinear plan, a concrete foundation, and a flat roof. The roof has a heavy, bracketed cornice and dentilated wood bulkheads. The wood frame walls are surfaced with stucco. The upper two stories, articulated by bay windows at the north and south sides of the primary elevation, are occupied by residential tenants. An iron fire escape is located at the primary (west) facade. The predominant fenestration is one-over-one, double-hung wood sash. Modifications occurred at unknown dates, including alteration of one storefront, alteration of the second-story entrance, and replacement of the front facade exterior with stucco. Significance: The Ferdinand Zimmerman Building was designed by architect Otto Kleeman. Kleeman, a German immigrant, moved to Portland in 1880 to work as a draftsman for the architectural firm of Clark and Upton. He later worked for architect Justus Krumbein before becoming staff architect for the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company. Kleeman was best known for his designs of Catholic churches, such as the St. Patrick's Church in Portland, but also designed other building types like the Arminius Hotel. The Ferdinand Zimmerman Building is his only known work in the Historic Alphabet District. This building stands as a primary physical expression of the growth of the Northwest neighborhood and its transition in the early twentieth century from an area of stately mansions to a densely concentrated district of apartment buildings and commercial development. It is considered to be contributing within the district as a fair example of a Classical style multi-family building and is therefore significant as part of a larger grouping of residential and commercial development that occurred in the Northwest neighborhood." Source: National Register nomination. "Otto Kleeman, Architect, Dies," Sunday Oregonian, March 1, 1936, p. 3. This image was included in the documentation to support a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, a program of the National Park Service. The image is provided here by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and the University of Oregon Libraries to facilitate scholarship, research, and teaching. For other uses, such as publication, contact the State Historic Preservation Office. Please credit the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office when using this image.