Union Block, 1955

The once-impressive Union Block covered the full block between SW 1st and 2nd Avenues, Stark and Oak Streets. Built in stages between 1879 and 1881, the building featured fine cast-iron pieces from Willamette Iron Works. It was demolished in 1955. This view is northeast across SW 2nd and Stark.

union block 9806 1955(University of Oregon Libraries)

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11 Responses to “Union Block, 1955”

  1. Jim Says:

    An earlier VP post shows much more of the building on the SE corner of the block. Does anyone know what it was called? I know the original Sherlock Building was on the NW corner. Did it cover a half block?

  2. Jim Says:

    For some reason, I can’t attach a link. To view the earlier post, just type “Bishop’s House” into the VP search field on the home page.

  3. Jim K Says:

    Let me guess…1955…they tore it down to put up a parking lot…right? (Please forgive me…I couldn’t resist.)

  4. T-Bag Says:

    No, Jim. I’m pretty sure they tore it down and put up a parking lot.

  5. Russell Johnson Says:

    Well now, it’s an office building. I’m not sure when that was built.

  6. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Jim’s right, comments that are posted with URLs just vanish.

    Street View:
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    The building that’s there now is called Robert Duncan Plaza and it was finished in 1991

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    Here’s another view of the Union Block from 1954 that also includes the Ladd & Tilton Bank Building that was torn down to yes, put up a parking lot.

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    If you look at the Union Block picture in today’s post, on the right side, below the center is a barely visible white structure. It isn’t the Journal/Public Market building and it looks like it’s in the area of Harbor Drive. Is it a ship?

  7. Pat Says:

    I was a bottle digger in Portland during the 70′s and 80′s! The cistern and privy diggin’ under those old beaties was amazing! I’ve still got a lot of them in my collection. Most of them are from the 1860′s thru the 1890″ and all hand blown and tooled!

  8. Billy Says:

    first thing I though when I looked to the right was “that looks like the public market building”. looking at this building in the photo reminded me of the former Perkins Hotel at 5th/Washington nearby.
    did you notice how all the new buildings in downtown built over the past 50 years have obscured our view of the hills to the west? (from a place such as the top of Morrison Bridge). it makes Portland llook a little less bucolic,

  9. sharon dunnahoo Says:

    Does anyone have an idea of what make the red car is?

  10. chris b. satalich Says:

    That car is a 1953 Mercury Monterey.

  11. sharon dunnahoo Says:

    Thanks Chris

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