March 17th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, Business

Ashes to Ashes: Infamous Apartment was once Home to Portland's Acting Community

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A vacant apartment building burnt to a crisp on Sunday night.

The blaze, which occurred around 10:30 pm at 031 SW Caruthers Street, provided plenty of dramatic footage for the late night news crews as well as for those zooming down I-5 and I-405.

According to KGW-TV:
Neighbors said when the eight-unit building was occupied last October, it caught on fire after a candle was left unattended. Firefighters contained that fire quickly, but the building was vacated shortly after and has remained formally unoccupied ever since.

What news reports failed to mention about this beat-up building on a dead-end street at the edge of town was all the drama this place once housed. Plenty of the players in our local acting community once called this place home. Because it was far enough away from other city residences (yet close enough to the freeway) over the years it became the site for some of the most notable and notorious parties EVER courtesy the likes of Storefront Theatre's legendary Ric Young and others.

I remember going to one of 'em, way back in 1986, with the legendary Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Rex Rabold. At the time we were both performing in Amadeus at downtown's Willamette Repertory Theatre. We hung out a lot, and for that party (which I think was being hosted by Marilyn Stacey) Rex dressed us in matching bow ties and braces.

Oh, I remember it well.

If any of you out there have fond memories shared in the building please post them here so this grand, old shabby home doesn't die without a proper memorial.
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