Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Reid Brothers, Architects (firm); James William Reid (architect); Merritt Jonathan Reid (architect)

Dates: constructed 1911

522 SW 5th Avenue
Downtown, Portland, OR 97209

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The well-known, San Francisco-based architectural firm of Reid Brothers designed this Portland office building, completed in 1911. The Reids had business contacts in Portland, as they had opened a branch office there in 1891.

Building History

Noted Portland architect John Yeon (1910-1994) belonged to the family that erected this building in Portland, OR.

Building Notes

In 1943, the Yeon Building contained a barber shop (operated by Mike M. Horenstein) in Rooms #425-426 of the Yeon Building and a cigar store in the lobby, managed by James Brady. (See Polk’s Portland City Directory, 1943, p. 1920.)

In 1947, the manufacturers' group, the Western Pine Association, occupied space in the Yeon Building. The group occupied Room #510 there in 1963. In the middle part of the twentieth century, this group of lumbermen, harvesting Idaho white pine, ponderosa pine and sugar pine, advertised widely in professional architecture and popular homes magazines.

Bates, Lively and Pearson, an insurance agency founded in 1898, maintained its offices on the Yeon Building’s third floor in 1950. (See Polk’s Portland [OR] City Directory, 1950, p 629.)

PCAD id: 5105