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Charles Walter Ertz

Charles Walter Ertz, Architect [1887-1979]

Charles W. Ertz [†] was born in San Francisco on November 18, 1887. After completing his studies at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland, he worked as a draftsman for Joseph Jacobberger for four years. In 1910, he formed his own firm, C.W. Ertz & Company, which existed until 1934. During these years, he collaborated with Lewis Dole and Tom Burns. In 1935, during the depression, he went into partnership with an architect in Beverly Hills while maintaining an office in Portland. Twenty-two buildings listed in the Portland Historic Resource Inventory in addition to three buildings in Chinatown, are attributed to Ertz.

† Judith Rees, project coordinator, Northwest Heritage Property Association for the Portland Development Commission, New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District, nomination document, 1989, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.