Roy Roos

Roy Roos is the author of Portland's Irvington Neighborhood (1997) and The History of Albina (September 2008), a town that is now the Portland neighborhoods of Eliot, Boise, King, Humboldt, Overlook, and Piedmont. Roos, who has lived in Oregon since 1987, studied architecture, engineering, and forest land management at California Polytechnical University at San Luis Obispo and Humboldt State. He grew up in Sacramento, where he witnessed the destruction of historic buildings and neighborhoods in the name of progress and urban renewal, but that increased sprawl. In Portland, he has worked as a land surveyor and property manager and is an advocate of historic preservation.

Author's Entries

  • Albina area (Portland)

    By the late 1880s, Albina, located across the Willamette River from Portland, was the fastest growing city in Oregon. In July 1891, the city was annexed by the City of Portland, which at the time existed only on the west side of the river. East Portland, south of …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Irvington neighborhood, Portland

    The Irvington neighborhood in northeast Portland began as an exclusive suburb planned by visionary developers many years before the city adopted zoning rules. The neighborhood—generally bounded by Northeast 7th, Fremont, Northeast 24th, and Broadway—is primarily a residential district, characterized by Queen Anne, Period Revival Bungalow/Craftsman, and Prairie School architectural styles …

    Oregon Encyclopedia