Archive for June, 2010

SE Powell & 13th, 1934

June 30, 2010

This quaint little Handy Grocery building once occupied the northeast corner of SE 13th and Powell (here looking east on Powell). I doubt that a single item in this photo still exists.

(City of Portland Archives)

Cambridge Block, 1955

June 29, 2010

The Cambridge Block was built in 1884 by Henry W. Corbett for $75,000. Architect Warren H. Williams incorporated many cast-iron design features from other Portland buildings, including Cooks’ Block. The Cambridge Block stood on the southwest corner of SW 3rd and Morrison until its demolition in 1962. You can find Pioneer Place there now.
(University of Oregon Libraries)

Salvation Army Citadel, 1928

June 28, 2010

Completing our look at SW 6th between W Burnside and Ankeny is the Salvation Army Citadel, just to the south of the Arata Building (shown in the previous post), and across 6th from the Commonwealth Building (last Thursday’s post). Ankeny Street no longer goes through to 6th, it stops at 5th where it runs into Big Pink on this block.

(City of Portland Archives)

A copy of Domestic Engineering dates this building to about 1922.

W Burnside & 6th, 1928

June 25, 2010

As a followup to yesterday’s post and discussion, today we look east across 6th Avenue from the Commonwealth Building. The Arata Building sat on the southeast corner of the intersection; the awning and diamond decorations can be seen in yesterday’s photo. Big Pink (US Bancorp Tower) is located here now.

(City of Portland Archives)

Commonwealth Building, 1928

June 24, 2010

We normally associate the Commonwealth Building with the Pietro Belluschi-designed Equitable Building on SW 6th between Washington and Stark Streets. This Commonwealth Building stood on the southwest corner of SW 6th Avenue and W Burnside. I’m guessing this was demolished during the Burnside widening project of the early 1930s. I believe that’s the Broadway Hotel (now Helen M. Swindells Building) across Burnside reflected in the window.

(City of Portland Archives)

Mt. Tabor Map, 1891

June 23, 2010

This brightly colored map of the Mt. Tabor and Belmont areas shows verified property ownership as of August, 1891. The map is bounded by Stark Street and Division Street on the north and south, 60th Avenue and 82nd Avenue on the west and east. Nelson St., running east-west near the top-left, is present day Belmont St.

(City of Portland Archives)

E Burnside & 32nd, 1937

June 22, 2010

This is a familiar location to the many who still prefer to buy their music on CDs. Music Millennium now occupies the old Smith Drug Co. and Piggly Wiggly Stop and Shop sites on E Burnside at 32nd Avenue. One of the sandstone gates at the entrance to the Laurelhurst neighborhood can be seen in the distance.

(City of Portland Archives)


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