Archive for the ‘Aerial’ Category

OHSU, circa 1939

August 29, 2014

Today we have an aerial view of southwest Portland overlooking OHSU. In this aerial you can also see SW Terwilliger Blvd., SW Barbur Blvd., SW Farmington Rd., Marquam Nature Park, and the upper portion of Duniway Park containing the lilac gardens.

Aerial of SW overlooking OHSU, circa 1939 : A2001-045.443

Aerial of SW overlooking OHSU, circa 1939 : A2001-045.443

 

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Swan Island and Mocks Bottom, 1935

July 16, 2014

Today we have an aerial of the airport on Swan Island and Mocks Bottom. This images was taken on February 7, 1935. You get a great view of the Swan Island Airport, Mocks Bottom, and the oil company docks in Northwest Portland.

Swan Island Airport and Mocks Bottom, Feb. 7, !935 :  A2005-005 1397.2

Swan Island Airport and Mocks Bottom, Feb. 7, !935 : A2005-005 1397.2

 

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Portland Aerial, c1926

June 12, 2014

The Portland of circa 1926 is familiar to us today but oh, so many changes! All of our downtown river crossings were in place, including a new Burnside Bridge. It would be another three-quarters of a century before all the rails in Northwest would be ripped up to create the Pearl District. The west side seawall was only a few years from realization, and the relentless march of the bulldozers had yet to create the patchwork of surface parking lots that in many cases still exist. On the east side, the riverfront was still highly industrial, Albina was untouched, and it would be decades before freeways cut off much of this area from the river.

A2004-002.73 Portland from the Air c1926(City of Portland Archives)

Vista Ridge Tunnel Construction, 1969

May 1, 2014

The eastbound tunnel through Vista Ridge is complete and carrying traffic in this 1969 aerial photo. The westbound tunnel would be completed the following year. This is the city-side view, looking west.

A2004-001.1059  Vista tunnel under construction 1969(City of Portland Archives)

SW Portland Aerial, c1938

April 24, 2014

Yesterday’s location at SW Barbur Blvd. & Bancroft Street can be seen in this terrific¬†aerial view from roughly above OHSU looking eastward. The main east-west street below us is Bancroft while Terwilliger and Barbur are the main streets that cross from left to right. The large building near the upper-right is the old Holman Public School. The manufacturing plant along the river sits about where the Old Spaghetti Factory and the South Waterfront district are now.

A2010-001.98 Close-In SW from OHSU facing east c1938(City of Portland Archives)

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)

Park and Civic Center Proposal, 1932

February 27, 2014

This 1932 proposal for a Memorial Park and Civic Center never made it past the model stage. This image (west is up) shows the Portland Heights neighborhood at top right and veteran’s hospital complex at left bottom. Note that the path of the proposed Foothill Boulevard at right closely matches the path of today’s Foothill Freeway (I-405) which wouldn’t appear for another 30 years.

A2009-009.1532 memorial park civic center 1932(City of Portland Archives)


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