|Ewald Theodore Pape, 29 October 1927, in Portland, Oregon, probably at work. Photo courtesy Mary Kay Schmidt.|
|Thompson Court Apartments (1929), 2304-2314 NE 11th Ave., Portland, Oregon, this & more photos by Werewombat|
Pape, Ewald T.Ewald T. Pape was not a registered architect but the high quality of the apartment houses he designed in Portland merit his inclusion in this reference work on Oregon architects.
Nothing is known about Pape’s date or place of birth or his education. He is first listed in the Portland City Directory for 1923 as a draftsman. In the 1925 city directory, he is listed as a designer of character homes with an office on Sandy Boulevard. From 1926 to 1934, he had an office in the Couch Building, and from 1935 to 1941 he had his office in the Sherlock Building. Directory listings describe him variously as Architect, Home Designer, Architectural Designer, and Building Contractor (in 1953 and 1954). There are no more directory listings for Pape after 1954.
Between 1925 and 1933, Pape established business relationships with Portland developers William K. Johnson and Robert McFarland, designing apartment houses for each of them. He began by designing four unit apartment buildings, but was soon designing quarter and half block apartment buildings. His designs included the Sheffield Manor, Willister Courts, Burrell Court, Burrell Heights Apartments, San Farlando, Del Mar and others. For William K. Johnson, Pape designed Villa Marconi, Thompson Court, and others.
Pape’s apartment work was innovative, with major emphasis on livability and eliminating the stigma of apartment living by providing individuality and separate entrances for each unit.
No obituary has been found for Pape.
REFERENCES: Portland City Directory; National Register of Historic Places nomination forms for the Thompson Court Apartments, San Farlando Apartments, and Burrell Heights Apartments prepared by Heritage Investment Corporation."
|San Farlando Apartments (1929), 2903–2925 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon, photo by Finetooth|
|Burrell Heights Apartments (1928), 1510-1542 SE Clay Street, Portland, Oregon, photo by Finetooth|
- His plan sheet signature block read "Designer of Character Homes."
- In 1923, [he was] residing at the Royal Palms Apartments at 262 Flanders in the North Burnside area and working independently as a draftsman.
- In the next year , he married Alma and moved to the Houseman Apartments (now Casa Linda) at 730 Hoyt in Nob Hill.
- Beginning in 1925, Pape established an independent office at 956 Sandy Boulevard and began to market himself as a designer of fine homes.
- The following year , he moved his office to the Couch Building on 4th Avenue.
- [Around 1925,] Pape hired architect O. M. Akers to design a small family house for him in Eastmoreland at 1520 E. 36th Avenue (7528 SE 36th Avenue).
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