Who We Are
Chown Hardware was founded in Portland, Oregon on September 15th, 1879 by F. R. Chown and is the oldest family-owned architectural hardware company in North America. Located in the magnificent Pacific Northwest, our commercial and residential divisions are intent on presenting, selling, and supporting the finest products available. From our humble beginnings selling the first hunting and fishing licenses in the State of Oregon to where we are today, Chown has guided six generations to create both comfortable and secure spaces for homes and work places all over the Pacific Northwest.
The Mrs. Makes Her Mark
In 1965 a vacation to visit a distant Canadian relative’s department store lit the elegant spark that the Pacific Northwest had been waiting for, and Eleanor Chown was just the modern woman to transform dream into reality. After a decade of traveling the world with Frank by her side, Eleanor sought out the finest offerings in antique furniture and home décor to bring home to Oregon. Her vision surpassed expectation and pioneered a Chown legacy of her own, and with it brought a wealth of new opportunity for another generation. Today, Eleanor’s taste for bold design and attention to detail, supported by a husband’s trust in her talent, has innovated an industry and is synonymous with the reputation of Chown.
An eye for bold design within the scope of timeless quality and excellence. After six generations, Chown is still committed to delivering the best the world has to offer in decorative fixtures for your home. Our value in service and our belief in attending to every detail will lead you to the perfect expression of You in your dwelling place or workspace.
Chown is committed to exercising our knowledge of an always evolving industry in both look and function. Whether you value the latest creations from renowned designers from across the globe, or are motivated by the thoughtful care of conservation, our people are the experts that you can trust to help you uncover what inspires your expression.