Maud and Belle Ainsworth House
The Maud and Belle Ainsworth House is a historic house located in the Southwest Hills neighborhood of Portland. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 1996. Maud Ainsworth was a prominent Northwest photographer in a cutting-edge, modernist style. The 1907 Arts and Crafts house she shared with her sister Belle included her studio and darkroom.
Backstory and Context
The home was considered to be in a rural area, but as Portland grew it became entirely located in a residential area. It has remained in residential use.
The sisters were the two youngest daughters of pioneer businessman and steamboat owner John C. Ainsworth. Belle Ainsworth, under her married name of Jenkins, is also associated with the National Register listed Jenkins Estate in nearby Washington County.