Male, born 1817-02-09, died 1887-06-10

Associated with the firms network

Burton and Krumbein, Architects; Burton, Elwood M., Architect; Hallock and Burton, Architects; Piper and Burton, Architects

Professional History


Principal, E.W. Burton, Architect, Portland, OR, 1863-1865. (See Portland Directory for the Year 1863, [Portland, OR: S.J. McCormick, 1863], p. 59 and Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1864, p. 37.) In 1865, Burton had an office at 74 Front Street. (See Portland, Oregon Directory, 1865, p. 19.)

Partner, Hallock and Burton, Architects, Portland, OR.

Partner, Piper and Burton, Architects, Portland, OR, c. 1870-1872.

Partner, Burton and Krumbein, Architects, Portland, OR, 1872.

Partner, Burton and Williams, Architects, Portland, OR, 1873 (See Samuel´s Directory of Portland and East Portland, 1873, p. 343.)

Partner, Burton and McCaw, Architects, Portland, OR, c. 1880.

Principal, E.M. Burton, Architect, Portland, OR, 1885. In 1885, Burton maintained an office in Room #20 of the Dekum Building, a favorite address for architects at the time. In all, five practitioners had offices in the building of the fourteen listed in the Portland city directory of that year. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1885, p. 521.)



Elwood M. Burton began life near Watertown, NY, where he spent most of his childhood. He and his family moved to Keokuk, IA; here, Burton became a school teacher, while he studied architecture. Like many opportunistic men of the time, Burton traveled to CA in 1849 to try his hand at gold mining, and, like most, he came away with nothing or next to it. In 1851, he returned to IA, but shortly thereafter packed his family in a wagon and made the cross-country journey to Milwaukie, OR, where he built a flour mill. He didn't stay in Milwaukie long before he relocated to the growing city of Portland, where he set up an architectural practice, one of the first in the city.


Burton married Rhoda A. Hall (born 06/10/1820 in NY) on 08/05/1841; her father was Samuel Hall.


Elwood Burton and Rhoda Hall had ten children, three of whom died during childhood.

Biographical Notes

Burton developed other business ventures in addition to architecture. He had his flour mill in Milwaukie, a sheep ranch in Eastern OR, Portland's earliest bookstore, and a ferry concession also in Portland, the Stark Street Ferry. (See Richard Ellison Ritz, Architects of Oregon, [Portland: Lair Hill Publishing, 2002], p. 60-62.)

Associated Locations

  • Watertown, NY (Architect's Birth)
    Watertown, NY

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