Ainsworth Block Demolition, 1955

When we last visited the 1881 Ainsworth Block it was enjoying its final intact days. In this photo shortly after demolition began in 1955, the third floor had already been removed and the second floor was not far behind. The site of one of Portland’s grandest cast-iron structures is still a surface parking lot at SW 3rd and Oak.

ainsworth block 4118 1955(University of Oregon Libraries)

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3 Responses to “Ainsworth Block Demolition, 1955”

  1. Ian Says:

    A tragic loss, especially when you consider that it survived the initial onslaught of the wrecking ball in the 30′s and 40′s. If only the cast iron remained,to someday resurrect a semblance of our fine cast iron district. A magnificent structure, thankfully preserved in image

  2. Jim Wood Says:

    I’m not sure it wasn’t saved. It looks very familar.

  3. Ian Says:

    Nope it’s gone: http://goo.gl/maps/wm4j9

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