The east end of Hayden Island is shown in this 1973 aerial photo where it meets Tomahawk Island, now joined together. Tomahawk Island was once named Sand Island and was the site of the Lotus Isle amusement park referenced in yesterday’s post. The pilings at bottom center are remnants of the bridge that joined Lotus Isle with Faloma and carried the streetcar.
Archive for the ‘1970s’ Category
The 1932 city incinerator landscape had changed quite a bit when this photo was taken in 1972. Trees obscured most of the building except for the prominent chimney; that was to come down in 1990. The facility had closed as an incinerator in 1970.
Hard to believe this beautiful park and building were so close to downtown yet seemed like such an oasis of calm. This is Pacific Northwest Bell’s 4th Avenue Plaza, termed “perhaps the most skillfully disguised parking structure in this city,” by the Portland Beautification Association. “It is ‘in a place where (the company) may have built just another highrise, landscaped parking lot. We have instead a stunningly handsome space.’” The garage entrance was under the berm to the right of the orange tiled column. The glass and steel building, at SW 4th and Hall, transitioned to Bell’s 1962 Fourth Avenue Building behind it.
This photo shows how many of Portland’s 19th Century buildings had been allowed to decay over the following century. Fortunately they weren’t all demolished; although the photo is labeled “2nd Avenue and Yamhill Street,” this is probably the northwest corner of the extant 1880 Mikado Block at SW 1st and Taylor.
Standing atop the parking garage at SW 1st and Jefferson, we get a good view to the south and a changing Portland skyline of 1975. Newer buildings south of Clay are still standing today, while those north of Clay have been replaced. Notice the tunnels leading under the street where the Marriott Hotel site is being excavated.