SE 72nd & Foster, 1937

We’ve seen part of this building before in this previous VP post, this time we’re looking south on 72nd Avenue at Foster Road. Ice cream and drug store, real estate office, laundry delivery and a gas station; typical neighborhood businesses on a sunny Portland afternoon in 1937. The scene is bleaker today as the building is long gone, and an empty lot sits in its place.

(City of Portland Archives)

12 thoughts on “SE 72nd & Foster, 1937

  1. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that it was Buck’s Stove Palace and some gift or antique store. The Maple Leaf American Chinese diner (out of frame to right on NW corner) has been there seemingly forever.

  2. This intersection is in my neighborhood. Currently, the PDC owns the property where the building pictured here once stood, and is looking for developers. Any takers? :)

    The property across 72nd Ave (which would be to the picture’s left, I believe) is also owned by PDC and is currently in development to become a Latino-owned marketplace. http://portlandmercado.com/about-the-portland-mercado/

  3. Interesting that SE 72nd running North from diagonal SE Foster has a median strip as does NE 72nd running North from diagonal NE Sandy. Always wondered about this coincident design element. Does anyone know how this came about.

    That ’32 Chevy roadster is choice.

  4. @Don. Well that makes sense. Hadn’t occurred to me. Still seems a little odd that a developer would devote that much land voluntarily to a amenity. Were there any incentives (or compulsions) would be the next question.

  5. Rod, I suspect that the lots which border the greenway would be called “premium” lots. And the developer would sell them for much more than the other lots, thereby more than recouping his losses. :)

  6. In the early 1960’s, my dad used to go to a horse meat market in this very building, at the corner, I had not known it was a drugstore or ice cream store previous. I don’t remember the Duers grocery bldg being there in the 60’s.
    Yes, the Maple Leaf was there then, as well, I think it was a breakfast & American food cafe & coffeeshop, back then.
    And I remember the Phoenix Drugstore as well, I became a fan of SF, while in grade school, after seeing there large collection of magazines & paperbacks.It was a busy store.

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