New Builder Bios: Edward R. McLean and Earl A. Roberts

In our continuing quest to learn more about the people who designed and built homes here on Portland’s eastside, we’ve just published two new profiles: Edward R. McLean, who was an active and prolific homebuilder between 1922-1970; and Earl A. Roberts, who ran a residential design-build company with his dad and brother from 1908-1910 before his break-out success as an architect of high-end westside homes that vaulted him into a successful commercial architectural practice in Seattle between 1918 until his death in 1939. He also designed several prominent buildings in the Roseburg, Oregon area.

A listing of homes designed and built by the two men appears at the end of each biography. If you live in Beaumont, you better check out the list of McLean’s homes because you might live in one: he built quite a few in Beaumont. If you know something about a McLean house or the McLean family, drop us a line.

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  1. Harold Uppinghouse and his company Oregon Home Designers designed many of the “historic period” (e.g. English cottage and Norman farmhouse) style homes in the Alameda area. He was active in the Portland area 1925-1941 and advertised his designs in the Sunday Oregonian during that period. He offered stock plans for sale as well as unique custom designs. One of the latter, the Wilson-South House in Northwest Portland, is included in the National Historical Register

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