Yesterday’s post got me wondering about the exact location of the photo. I turned up this photo showing the Skidmore Fountain looking east down Vine Street with the 1868 Bank of British Columbia building on the left. This is the same building as the main background building in yesterday’s post. On the immediate left in yesterday’s photo is the 1888 Dodd Block, making the viewpoint looking east on Ankeny toward First Avenue.
Today’s photo shows the Bank of British Columbia on the left, the Ankeny Block on the right, and at the end of Vine Street is the 1888 Dodd Block and the 1882 Cooks’ Building. The new Saturday Market area, on the east side of Naito Parkway, sits there now.
The Bank of British Columbia building was the first of Portland’s classic cast-iron architecture buildings to be demolished, in 1928.
Thanks to VP fan Jack for his comments on yesterday’s post; great historical information!