What Is Alder?

Alder collects, preserves,
and exhibits history in
various fields. Alder is
the source for in depth
historical research and writing. 

Who Is Alder?
Morgen Young, consulting historian and owner of Alder, holds an M.A. in Public History. Her work focuses on historical research, writing, exhibit development, digital history, oral history, and historic preservation.


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Alder develops and presents walking tours relating to Portland's history and architectural heritage.

Yamhill Historic District 

History of the Yamhill Historic District reflects the development of Portland as a city. During the area's early history, the district was part of the general "clearing" of Portland. As settlement increased, Yamhill developed as part of the central business district of the city. Many of the historic buildings were demolished during the 1940s and 1950s to make way for parking lots and new construction. Preservation efforts in the 1960s and 1970s led to the creation of a historic district, which now contains a variety of architectural styles and building materials, like High Victorian Italianate cast iron and brick Richardsonian Romanesque. 

King's Hill Historic District 

 The King's Hill neighborhood was first settled in 1845 by Daniel Lownsdale. Amos King purchased a portion of Lownsdale property in 1852. Buildings on the tour range from 1882 to 1954, with a variety of architectural styles. Many notable Portland architects designed houses in the district, including Whidden & Lewis, A. E. Doyle, Jacob Jaccoberger, William Knighton and Emil Schacht. Many historic homes were demolished in the mid-20th Century as multi-unit buildings rose in their place. Historic architectural landscaping continues to define the neighborhood. The tour discusses prominent homes in the district, examining their styles and original owners, as well as the development of the neighborhood throughout the 20th Century. 

Colonial Heights

Colonial Heights is an under-appreciated but charming southeast Portland neighborhood, boasting an array of architectural styles - from English Cottage and Colonial Revival to mid-century modern and Northwest Regionalism. Starting with the "Burrell Villa," now known as the Holman Funeral Home, the tour meanders through Colonial Heights, highlighting both residential and religious structures as tour-goers learn about the people who developed and lived in this neighborhood.