Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

Portland Aerial View, 1963

March 13, 2014

Here’s a pretty aerial view of Southwest and Southeast Portland along the Willamette in 1963. The Marquam Bridge was still under construction and both banks of the river were generally much more industrialized than they are now. Lots of good detail to soak up in this beauty.

A2004-001.1012 Marquam bridge under construction 1963(City of Portland Archives)

SE 20th & Belmont, 1965

January 15, 2014

Here’s what SE 20th Avenue north to Belmont Street looked like in 1965. Since then, there have been more changes to the north of Belmont than to the south, it seems.

A2005-001.946 - SE 20th Ave looking north towards Belmont St 1965(City of Portland Archives)

Lombard St Pedestrian Overpass, 1965

January 8, 2014

A curious view of the N. Lombard Street pedestrian overpass over the southbound I-5 on-ramp in 1965. The houses on the bluff above (looking southwest) survived the freeway construction but were razed sometime later to make way for a Fred Meyer store.

A2005-001.384 N Lombard St pedestrian overpass 1965(City of Portland Archives)

Portland Heights Club, Fear Home, c1962

December 18, 2013

Monday’s images of Ainsworth Elementary School sparked a conversation about the building partially hidden in the trees on the right. That was originally the Portland Heights Club, shown from the opposite (south) side in today’s top photo in the early 1960s. The footbridge from the end of SW Spring St. to St. Helens Ct. can be seen to the left of the building. The bottom photo shows the old W.H. Fear home, just uphill from the club. The photo of the club was probably taken from the Fear property which was razed in the early 1960s to make way for the Ainsworth classroom annex building. Thanks to VP fan “wl” for sending in these scans from the City of Portland Archives.

portland heights club

wh fear home(City of Portland Archives)

Memorial Coliseum, 1969

October 1, 2013

Veterans Memorial Coliseum was almost a decade old when this aerial photo was taken in 1969. Quite a bit has changed over the years; the neighborhood north of N. Broadway is all gone now, as is the old Thunderbird Motel complex to the left of the photo. The Rose Garden arena will in later years fill the south part of this photo, and the future Fremont Bridge will define the area farther to the northwest.

Aerial of Memorial Coliseum looking north 1969(City of Portland Archives)

NE 20th & Sandy, 1965

September 10, 2013

It seems as if some areas stubbornly refuse to change over the decades. NE 20th Avenue north from Sandy Blvd. is one of those places. That giant Jantzen billboard is gone but the fine old Jantzen building a block up at Glisan is still there.

A2005-001.944 NE 20th north from Sandy 1965(City of Portland Archives)

SW Morrison & 1st, 1965

September 9, 2013

The low-rise parking lot on the southwest corner of SW Morrison & 1st Avenue is just being constructed in this 1965 photo. We’re looking south through the intersection with the old Riverside West (now Hotel Fifty) on the east side of 1st.

A2005-001.452  SW Morrison St and 1st Ave looking south 1965(City of Portland Archives)


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