C5 Witches Castle

GPS: 45.528612° -122.724489°

Portland’s best ruins are an old bathroom.  Contrary to popular belief though the stone house at Macleay park was NOT built by the WPA.   This structure was bathroom/shelter commissioned by the city parks bureau (just before the Wall street Crash of 1929).  It was built from rock quarried at Rocky Butte in the fall/winter of 1929 by contractors Angell and Son, designed by architect Ernest Tucker.  After the Columbus Day Storm in 1962 the damage to the infrastructure was too great and vandalism was already a problem so the building was stripped of it’s wood siding and anything that could cause a fire.  Fifty plus years later the moss and ferns have given us this beautiful ruin.

Macleay Stone House

Macleay Stone House

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1931-7 Architect and engineer Macleay Park Comfort Station

1931-7 Architect and Engineer Macleay Park Comfort Station

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2012-3 The NW Examiner Forest Park Stone House Predates WPA

2012-3 The NW Examiner Forest Park Stone House Predates WPA

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1930-1-12 Oregonian Shelter Built in Park

1930-1-12 Oregonian Shelter Built in Park

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1930-1-12 Oregonian Shelter Built in Park full page

1930-1-12 Oregonian Shelter Built in Park full page

Macleay Park Comfort Station "Stone House"

Macleay Park Comfort Station “Stone House”

Macleay Park Comfort Station "Witches Castle"

Macleay Park Comfort Station “Stone House”

Looking down on the Macleay Park Comfort Station

Looking down on the Macleay Park Comfort Station

Macleay Blueprints Portland City Archives

Macleay Blueprints Portland City Archives

Macleay Blueprints Portland City Archives

Macleay Blueprints Portland City Archives

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Not since the Columbus Day Storm has the shelter been so badly battered.

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Not since the Columbus Day Storm has the shelter been so badly battered.

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Look at all the crumbled brick that was knocked of the peak.

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Look at all the crumbled brick that was knocked of the peak.

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Lots of graffiti lately - Why???

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Lots of graffiti lately – Why???

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Not since the Columbus Day Storm has the shelter been so badly battered. Macleay Stone House

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Not since the Columbus Day Storm has the shelter been so badly battered. Macleay Stone House

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Not since the Columbus Day Storm has the shelter been so badly battered.

Damage done to the stone house Dec 2015 by storms. Not since the Columbus Day Storm has the shelter been so badly battered.

The peak has been knoked down.

The peak has been knoked down.

1931-7 Architect and engineer Macleay Park Comfort Station

Here is this shot again as a match ’em-up.  (photo 1931-7 Architect and engineer Macleay Park Comfort Station).

Link to Danford Balch Podcast by Offbeat Oregon History here
Link to Kick Ass Oregon History Danford Balch Podcast here

and then there are the nimrods…

A trail map from NW Upshur parking to the Witches Castle along Lower Macleay.

A trail map from NW Upshur parking to the Witches Castle along Lower Macleay.

Portland's largest Doug Fir at 242 ft

Portland’s largest Doug Fir at 242 ft

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