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The Hat Museum
In the early 1900's Mrs. Rebecca Reingold, a trained milliner from Russia, moved into the largest house on Ladd Avenue in Portland's newest development: Ladd's Addition.
Ladd's Addition was the first attempt at city planning on the west coast...and the design of William S. Ladd, early Portland mayor and banker, who platted the neighborhood in 1897. Built in 1910, the Ladd-Reingold House has its share of quirks: doors hung backwards, secret hiding place, pocket doors, a dumb waiter and the only furnace damper still attached to the library wall. A lifesized mermaid is painted on the coved ceiling in the dining room.
The last Reingold left the house over 60 years ago. Since then the property has had its share of strange times including complete abandonment for five years in the early 70's. Through a series of coincidences, a hat fancier (unaware of Mrs. Reingold's history with hats) bought the house which is now on the National Historic Registry. The unusual connections between the original homeowner and the current homeowner warranted a feature on HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk." Evidently these walls speak fluent hat.
There are four different collections in The Hat Museum--vintage hats, men's hats, novelty hats and hundreds of retro "today" hats. The rooms of this 1910 Craftsman-style home have become display venues for each of these collections. Hats range from the common (souvenir hats) to the rare (a London straw top hat) to the very funny (a Thanksgiving table hat that "sings"). Nurse's cap, Sherlock Holmes' deerstalker, elaborate Victorian creations, vintage Stetsons are all here in this dramatic cross section of favorite headgear. For the serious hat collector there are designer hats: Otto Lucas, Eric Javits, Kokin, Philip Treacy, Philip Somerville and Lilly Dache and Schiaparelli.
Preserving cultural heritage... and our volunteers have the most fun you can have with a hat on! We are a research and resource facility for theatrical productions, colleges & universities, and historical societies. We literally get research inquiries from around the world.
One of Oregon's most unusual historic homes, the Ladd-Reingold House has a 100-year legacy of milliners and hat fanciers! (We've been bonkers for hats even longer than you have!)
1. Antique and vintage hats
3. Novelty and costume hats
4. Today's Fabulous Hats
503-232-0433Member: American Association of Museums
Oregon Museums Association
The Hat Museum is located in the historic Ladd-Reingold House, listed on the National Historic Registry and featured on HGTV, Fox 12 "Good Day, Oregon", AM Northwest, Portland Monthly, NBC, CBS, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, Oregon Home and the National Enquirer.