Helen Bernhard Cakes, NE Broadway, 1929

The Helen Bernhard Cakes shop used to operate out of this Dutch Colonial house on NE Broadway between NE 17th and 19th Avenues. The bakery is still in business but runs out of a shop which would be just out of the picture frame to the left.

A2009-009.3312 Helen Bernhard Cakes 1725 NE Broadway 1929(City of Portland Archives)

Tags: , ,

13 Responses to “Helen Bernhard Cakes, NE Broadway, 1929”

  1. Jim Says:

    The Dutch Colonial and the house to the right are still extant.


  2. Cool Post. Thanks Vintageportland.com | Helen Bernhard Bakery - Portland OR Says:

    […] http://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/helen-bernhard-cakes-ne-broadway-1929/ […]

  3. Kerry-Lynne Says:

    My husband and I were close friends of Muriel and David Bernhard for years until he passed away. Our daughter was in class with their youngest son.
    David was the son of Helen. I remember the early morning hours he kept and how big his hands were from all the kneading he did over the years. He was a gem of a fellow and dearly missed.

  4. David Johnson Says:

    Always like the way people let the vines grow on their houses.

  5. Bonnie Says:

    As a native NE Portlander, all decorated birthday cakes HAD to be from Helen Bernhard’s. Yummmmm!

  6. Karen Says:

    Looks like our Number Man has company.
    The guys to left seem to have a friendly dog, Measuring tape & rolled up papers, Blueprints maybe ??

  7. joan Says:

    Since the 1920’s-that’s a lot of M&M cookies. The more the merrier. This a brief history from the bakery website:


  8. John Says:

    John says:

    Notice the beautiful trees around the area!!! No more.

  9. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Heh, no one wanted to post the Street View?


  10. sharon dunnahoo Says:

    I Love that place. Takes me back to bakeries from my childhood. Their eclairs are to die for and their service is always great. Whenever I am in NE I have to go there.

  11. Jane Says:

    I love the house next door, windows open to catch the fresh summer breeze, awnings rolled back and the woman tending her garden. Agree the vines are amazing as are her zinnias! She’s probably cutting something fresh to add to the pot for dinner.

    Notice the newspaper on the step to the bakery and pretty sure there are two men near the dog. One of them hung his coat on the bakery street sign. Great photo of a wonderful bakery! So glad it’s still around and the houses.

  12. Chris Tyle Says:

    It’s a shame about the “modern” addition to the original house. It’s much more charming in the photo, with the nice columns and the porch.

  13. dogchild Says:

    There sure is a lot going-on in this photo. I wonder who belongs to the coat hanging next to the number man. There is a rolled-up newspaper on the top step of the walkway and is that a ghost working on the back porch of the home next door? The small house, on the left, seems to have been converted from a garage, I imagine, because of the driveway that leads directly to the front door. A friendly greetings from a neighbor hood dog and I can hear the giant old fashion wooden screen-door slamming with each and every caller that pays a visits to the baker. On this day the sun is shining and all is well in the world.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,453 other followers

%d bloggers like this: