Family Owned and Operated Since 1879
Values like honesty, integrity, accountability, and a strong sense of community continue to be the foundation stones of Chown Hardware. The Chown family instills upon their team and their customers a sense of belonging as an extension of that family and those values that have sustained the Chown legacy for more than 140 years.
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.
In 1971, Eleanor Chown saw her vision of a boutique design showroom to come to fruition as the Chown Showcase continues to carry her reputation for excellence, quality service, and premium products. In 2001 Chown Hardware honored their matriarch Eleanor Chown’s passion to see quality interior products become more accessible to the Pacific Northwest and expanded to Bellevue, Washington. In September of 2019 Chown will launch their third location in Seattle’s SoDo district.
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