SW Portland Aerial, c1938

April 24, 2014

Yesterday’s location at SW Barbur Blvd. & Bancroft Street can be seen in this terrific aerial view from roughly above OHSU looking eastward. The main east-west street below us is Bancroft while Terwilliger and Barbur are the main streets that cross from left to right. The large building near the upper-right is the old Holman Public School. The manufacturing plant along the river sits about where the Old Spaghetti Factory and the South Waterfront district are now.

A2010-001.98 Close-In SW from OHSU facing east c1938(City of Portland Archives)

SW Barbur Blvd & Bancroft, 1953

April 23, 2014

Crews work to add another southbound lane on SW Barbur Blvd at Bancroft Street in this 1953 photo. The roadways are much the same today but these buildings are all gone.

A2005-001.39 SW Barbur and Bancroft southwest 1953(City of Portland Archives)

NW Davis St. & 14th, 1917

April 22, 2014

A century ago, crossing NW 14th Avenue west on Davis Street would lead you to a row of residential homes and apartments. Today you’d take your life in your hands crossing an off-ramp from I-405 and then a fence would stop you from accessing what’s left of that block.

A2000-003.50 SE corner NW 14th Ave & NW Davis St. 1917(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & 16th

April 21, 2014

The north side of W. Burnside between 15th and 16th Avenues was a lively hub of commerce in 1917. A newsstand and a barber shop, art, antiques and salvage material, a Saxon automobile dealership, and a garage all shared this block.

A2000-003.34 527 Burnside St  1500 block W Burnside St. 1917(City of Portland Archives)

N Columbia & Oswego, c1932

April 17, 2014

This quaint and stylish gas station is identified as standing on N. Columbia Blvd. at Oswego Street. I find no reference to it on Sanborn maps and the curve of Columbia Blvd., complete with rails, doesn’t seem right to me. Can anyone confirm or refute this location?

A2009-009.2601 N Columbia & Oswego c1932(City of Portland Archives)

NE 82nd & Sandy, 1934

April 16, 2014

We’ve seen this view looking north on NE 82nd Avenue as it crosses Sandy back in 1928. This photo, taken from almost the exact same spot six years later, shows a much improved 82nd Avenue, but it looks like the paving ends a few blocks north, maybe at Prescott?

A2009-009.621 NE Sandy & 82nd Ave 1934(City of Portland Archives)

St. Johns Bridge, c1930

April 15, 2014

An unusual perspective on the St. Johns Bridge construction circa 1930. The far side of the east tower is covered in scaffolding. If you look closely, you can see workers up near the top, lending a sense of scale to the project.

A2004-002.9146 St Johns Bridge 1930(City of Portland Archives)


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