Parking, SW Broadway & Pine, 1949

This parking structure was already over 20 years old when this photo was taken in 1949. It still stands at SW Pine and Broadway, and with the exception of no glass in the windows now, still looks much the same as it did then. The sign has changed slightly, now reading, “Enjoy Downtown While Parking. Broadway Garage”

(City of Portland Archives)

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5 Responses to “Parking, SW Broadway & Pine, 1949”

  1. Jim Says:

    According to the signs, it looks like the parking garage also did duty as a gas station and full service repair shop. I work in big pink and had always wondered if this building started its life as something other than a parking garage, but was later converted. Thanks for the elucidation Dan. It’s nice to see the attention to detail on something as utilitarian as a parking garage.

  2. stephen sasser Says:

    I believe that this building is attributed to well-known Portland architect
    A.E. Doyle.

  3. Chuck Says:

    I was born in 1949 so enjoy seeing what my hometown looked like back then – a lot like it did in the ’50’s!

  4. Ian Says:

    So was this building originally built as a parking garage? If so, is this the oldest one in the city? I’ve always wondered about this structure, and assumed it had at one time had another purpose. Great photo

  5. Fred Stewart Says:

    Reblogged this on Oregon Real Estate Round Table.

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