Judson A. Hubbell was a Canadian immigrant to the U.S., born in Stanwood, Ontario on May 8, 1872. He arrived in the U.S. in 1905 and worked in Seattle and in Portland. In 1911, he incorporated in Portland as the “American and British Building and Land Company,” and operated a real estate business from an office on SE Hawthorne Boulevard.
On January 21, 1925, he took out this advertisement in The Oregonian:
Hubbell’s entire professional career was focused on the building and selling of residential properties. Early in his career he was listed in city directories and the federal census as a builder and contractor. Later, he worked as a building contractor / real estate agent with a storefront at the corner of SE 39th Avenue and Stark. Toward the end of his career, Hubbell worked as a salesman for several different Portland real estate agencies. He died in Portland on December 23, 1954 at age 82.
Most of Hubbell’s homes were built on speculation (as opposed to being built for specific clients at their request). A partial list of homes he built—many of which bear a strong family resemblance—include:
1725 SE 22nd (1922)
705 SE 22nd (1924)
3310 SE Oak (1925)
1526 SE 22nd (1925)
Chasselton Apartments, 701 NE 28th (1926)
3106 NE Skidmore (1926)
3262 NE Dunckley (1926)
809 NE Cesar Chavez Blvd. (1928)
1217 and 1227 SE 56th (1932).