South Portland Aerial, 1938

This 1938 aerial photo covers much of the heart of the old South Portland neighborhood. Except for some of the area below the inked-in double line, virtually everything here was flattened for the South Auditorium Urban Renewal Project, the Stadium Freeway (I-405) or the PSU campus. One could almost match up this photo with last Friday’s image just a bit south of here.

A2010-001.101 Aerial of close-in SW Portland 1938

(City of Portland Archives)

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7 Responses to “South Portland Aerial, 1938”

  1. David Says:

    I just walked through this area last night after work!

  2. Chris Freeman Says:

    Yeah none of that is there now.

  3. Mike Says:

    Coolidge square front and center with the cars driving through it. Site of a former reservoir. Piggots castle there on the right.

  4. Karen Says:

    Think about what a great neighborhood that would be today if it hadn’t been flattened. Full of restored Victorian homes and small restaurants and wine bars, close to downtown. Sigh.

  5. Fred Stewart Says:

    Reblogged this on Oregon Real Estate Round Table.

  6. Mike Says:

    Here and there some of those houses are still there. A few houses across from the Broadway building at PSU ( south of the building) and a house near the Texaco station on 4th are still there. Oregonian did a story on those houses not long ago.

  7. Ian Says:

    Interesting perspective of Piggot’s Castle in the lower right corner

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