219 N Cherry, 1957

There’s nothing particularly historic about this photo but it’s a classic mid-century American scene. If these two kids were standing here today, they’d be in their 60s and standing in the Rose Garden/Memorial Coliseum parking lot. Neither Cherry Street, nor Ross Avenue, just a house away to the right, exist today. This home had some nice stained glass and woodworking details to give it a little extra style.

A2001-004.94 219 N Cherry St 1957(City of Portland Archives)

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11 Responses to “219 N Cherry, 1957”

  1. Lynette Says:

    Poignant sight. Thank you.

  2. Mike Says:

    There is still a N Ross. It’s off N Russell

  3. John S. Says:

    Ross avenue also goes from N. Broadway to Dixon street.

  4. Mike Slama Says:

    Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to this neighborhood if the Coliseum had not been built. I suspect I would have been radically altered anyway…

  5. Mike Says:

    There was a big debate about where to put the coliseum. Check Oregonian archives. South auditorium was one location considered. Rumor was that the powers that be wanted a ” White Corridor” from down town to Llloyd Center.

  6. produZer Says:

    I just think it’s cool that back in ’57, there was the colored boy, playing with the white boy. And it looks normal to them…. which I’m Sure was not actually the norm back in ’57. Just my observation.

  7. Fred Stewart Says:

    Reblogged this on Oregon Real Estate Round Table.

  8. Greg Says:

    It was normal for me to play with black kids in 1957. Went to Holiday school which was predominately black. Never had a bit of problem in those days.

  9. chris B Says:

    This is just two buddies hanging out together on a sunny day. I grew up in NP and it never mattered to us whether the other guy was blue, green, yellow, red, black, white or purple. We just had fun climbing cherry trees, playing army in the cut, building rafts in the river or riding bikes as far as our legs could peddle. As long as we were home by dark the world was ours for fun and adventure.

  10. Edmund Says:

    House looks like it had good bones and several unique and interesting little architectural flourishes, like those dormer windows that look like something from Dr. Strange’s “Sanctum Sanctorum”.

  11. Robert Mercer Says:

    House was built by J. Selberg in 1908—estimated cost $2000.

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