Ladd Carriage House
AWARD: for the preservation and rehabilitation of this impressive 1883 stable, the only surviving structure of a once-grand estate, that was saved through heroic effort after years of neglect and threatened demolition.
This carriage house is the only residential building remaining in downtown Portland from the grand Victorian mansions that once graced the city. Designed by architect joseph Sherwin and constructed at a cost of $24,000, the large structure was occupied by various tenants before falling into serious disrepair. Purchased in 2005 for demolition for a high rise development, the building was saved by an outcry from local citizens.
In a compromise with the developer, the carriage house was moved to a temporary location, while excavation was undertaken for underground parking, and then moved back to its original site. The $1.5 million restoration was completed by Venerable Properties LLC.