Building Buildings: Early Efforts
Research by Nancy Hungerford-Levine and Patricia A. Schechter
Taylor Street, 1934
Of the Portland YWCA's pre-World War I accomplishments, the construction of the Taylor Street building at SW Broadway in 1908 was outstanding. The product of a joint fundraising effort between the YWCA and the YMCA, the two organizations shared a city block and even a "party wall" for fire protection between their two edifices. The early leadership scored another success with the donation of land in 1918 from Mrs. Jacob Kamm, a founding board member, for the construction of a boarding residence at SW Main and 14th Avenue. All of these early efforts benefited from the leadership of Jessie Honeyman, founder and first president of the board of directors of the Portland YWCA.
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Most Oregonians know the name Honeyman through the downtown hardware store that bears the name or are familiar with the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, 555 acres located south of Florence, Oregon. The park was dedicated to honor work Honeyman completed later in life, coordinated through Oregon's Garden Clubs and Oregon Roadside Council's beautification programs. She died in 1948 at the age of 93.