Brooklyn Neighborhood, 1963 – Help Us Out!

The City of Portland Archives has images of locations that are unknown or just generally known and would like to better identify them for its database. Vintage Portland will feature some of these photos periodically with the hope that the knowledgeable VP community will help in that quest.

Today we show two photos from land use records of Southeast Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood from 1963. Can you nail down the precise location of these two images? Comment early and comment often!

Found: SE 8th Ave. & Bush St.

(City of Portland Archives)

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11 Responses to “Brooklyn Neighborhood, 1963 – Help Us Out!”

  1. Todd Says:

    Well I’ve only been able to locate the apartments in the lower/second photo. I believe they are the apartments located in the 3300 black of SE 8th Ave, just south of Franklin. According to the sign I saw in Google, they are the Fairmont Terrace Apts. They are now painted tan in color but they still have the stairs and boy have the trees grown since that picture was taken. Anybody else have an opinion? Good luck on the first photo.

  2. Mike Slama Says:

    My guess on the first photo is that it is right off McLaughlin…

  3. NativePDX Says:

    I would guess off McLauglin before they built Taco House, across from Ross Island sand and gravel before they widen the road.

    the first photo

  4. Paul N. Says:

    Top photo is SE 8th & Bush

  5. Paul N. Says:

    I should have said the house on the right is at the corner of 8th and Bush, and that is McLaughlin on the left, looking North.

  6. Laura Says:

    Wow, Todd and Paul nailed it. I was able to find them both on Google Maps from their directions. I wasn’t sure about the bottom photo at first because the building has new windows (which really changes its character), but if you look closely you’ll see that odd white shingling is still there, it just blends in with the rest of the house.

  7. Ms. March Says:

    What a great quest. Love being engaged like this! It is like a treasure hunt.

  8. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Heh, you know it IS okay to post a link.

  9. Brian Caughey Says:

    I lived and worked in SE Portland at that time and the bottom picture reminds me how barren and open the landscape seemed following the Columbus Day Storm of 1962. It was many years before trees grew to fill in the view there, and here in Eugene as well, where I have lived since 1967.

  10. Mike Slama Says:

    Mmmm…Taco House..

  11. communitywarehouse Says:

    Top photo looks like it was taken from McLoughlin towards the intersection of SE 8th and SE Bush.

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