Red & White Store, 1931

The fairly serious-looking staff of The Red & White Store pose outside of their shop in this fine 1931 photo. The store was on NE Alberta Street between NE 20th and 21st Avenues. The building still exists although the home reflected in the window is long gone.

(City of Portland Archives)

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11 Responses to “Red & White Store, 1931”

  1. Ben Says:

    Are you sure of the location? Alberta, between NE 20th and 21st is where Salt and Straw is. The entire block on that side is new buildings, and the buildings across the street don’t looks like this. Just curious because I live off Alberta and always would like to know what was here before.

  2. Dan Davis Says:

    Here’s what the latest Google street view looks like. Is this building no longer with us?

  3. knickatknite Says:

    I believe this building is now the brown and orange building that is home to ‘The Know’ bar. The facade has changed a bit, but you can still see the original resemblence of the building

  4. Jim Says:


    Unless there the building was demolished after the last GoogleCar transit, it looks like this.

  5. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Salt & Straw would be the building being built across the street.

  6. knickatknite Says:

    Here’s a better view of it now

  7. knickatknite Says:

    I initially though it was the Don Pancho taquiera as well; however if you count the window panes above the door on The Know Bar (2026 NE Alberta), there are 11, just like the original Red And White Store. The storefront to the right of The Know Bar is all boarded up, but would have originally looked the same with 11 window panes. The angle this photo was shot makes the persepective look a litte odd.

  8. Brian Says:

    Cool photo, but could someone post a link to what it looks like now? ;)

    But yes, knickatknite is right. The left corner of the building is visible and also gives it away with the gate and beam over the gate (though the actual gate has obviously been changed since then).

  9. Christopher Tyle Says:

    I think those people in the photo are the employees of the meat market. They seemed dressed for that rather than work in the other side of the store.

  10. Liz Larson Says:

    Could it be the building between 18th and 19th Ave?,-122.646528&cbp=13,182.99,,0,0&cbll=45.559079,-122.646415&hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1825+NE+Alberta+St,+Portland,+Oregon+97211&t=m&vpsrc=0&panoid=tw8XjqKqGHbG943kc7yu9g&ll=45.558175,-122.645252&spn=0.011944,0.025556&z=16

  11. Tad Says:

    Definitely the brown and orange bldg – note the many architectural details that are the same. Quite a bit the worse for wear though!

    Aside: who is this person who has managed to imprint “chant” into the condenser fins of seemingly every air conditioner in town? And how do they get up so high without being noticed?

    Someone has a bit of an OCD disorder, methinks.

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