A Norwegian immigrant who turned out to be one of Portland's most noted philanthropists, Simon Benson had a lot to contribute to the city, and it is only fitting that he is such an important part of the local culture today. Benson Polytechnic High School was established due to his generosity, and the city even owes its famous drinking fountains, the Benson Bubblers, to this man. The Queen Anne he had constructed in 1900 was put to many different uses after the family shifted residence in 1913, and eventually even found a place on the National Historic Register in 1983. However, when the years took a toll on the house, the Friends of Simon Benson House took it upon themselves to restore it, a task they have excelled at. The house was relocated to its present space in the South Park Blocks at Portland State University in 2000, serving as the visitor center and alumni association.