Corbett Building, 1954

The 1870 Corbett Building was the first fully cast-iron fronted building in the city. It was also the only building to have its cast-iron pieces come from Baltimore, shipped around Cape Horn. Demolished two years after this photo, it was on SW 1st Avenue between Alder and Washington.

corbett building 8028 1954(University of Oregon Libraries)

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7 Responses to “Corbett Building, 1954”

  1. Ken Hawkins Says:

    We’re very fortunate that UofO professor Marion Dean Ross photographed so many buildings in Portland around this time, with Kodachrome no less!

  2. Fred Stewart Says:

    Reblogged this on Oregon Real Estate Round Table.

  3. Nancy Says:

    Everytime I see one of these buildings and know it has been demolished I weep a little and wonder why they were not restored or saved somehow.

  4. Dave Smith Says:

    I wonder where all the mud came from on the street? The roads were paved at this time so maybe this was taken after a flood event?

  5. Jim Says:

    Dave,

    I think the mud is just wet streetcar tracks. Many of the tracks remained in place long after the services were discontinued. Some survive to this day. Others fans of this site can point them out better than I.

  6. rod taylor Says:

    Slush. Judging from all the mud on the parked autos and the condition of the street we are looking at the aftermath of a weather event. Sanding roads brings mud and preserves slush as a insulation slowing melting.

  7. Tony Says:

    I’d love to jump into this photo and go have a beer at “Tom’s Place”. Who wants to join me?

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