Hough Neighborhood Historic District


Located northwest of Vancouver's central business district, the tree-lined streets of the Hough Neighborhood host a variety of architectural styles on buildings constructed primarily between c. 1890 and 1945. Local materials were widely used, as nearby timber was still readily available into the early twentieth century, and brickmaking concerns dating from the nineteenth century continued into the new century as well. 

Encompassing the largest collection of still-extant pre-World War II housing in Vancouver, the Hough Neighborhood distinctively represents the post-fur trading and pioneer eras of Vancouver history in a microcosm.

Patrick Hough

The neighborhood came to be referred to as Hough after its centrally located elementary school, built in 1941 to replace Franklin Elementary and the elementary portion of Columbian School. The school in turn honors the fond and respectful community memories of Patrick Hough, an Irish immigrant, whose reputation was of an inspiring and beloved teacher with a love of learning.

Hough moved to Vancouver and took the job of headmaster of the parochial St. James Academy in Vancouver. In addition to his daytime duties, he also opened a night school and became a founder of The Columbian newspaper. He became principal of the public Columbian School in 1891 and was made principal of Vancouver High School in 1899. He resigned from that calling in 1908, but went on to serve as deputy county superintendent of schools.

Hough sign
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The Hough neighborhood encompasses the largest collection of still existing pre-World War II housing in Vancouver.
Open to the public

Vancouver, WA 98660
United States