Archive for the ‘Downtown’ Category

SW 1st & Oak, c1950s

April 10, 2014

The Failing Building, on the northwest corner of SW 1st and Oak Street, looks much the same here in the 1950s as it did when constructed in 1886. Besides paint and signage, it’s still largely intact today, a fine example of 19th Century architecture with cast-iron details.

failing building c1950s 8131(University of Oregon Libraries)

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)

SW Yamhill & Park, 1933

March 10, 2014

We’ve seen this view before but different vehicles make the scene unique. Looking south on SW Park Avenue from SW Yamhill, a Meier & Frank delivery truck is seen at center with a Rose City Pies delivery van parked at the curb. The car on the left curb has a “Walker’s” logo on the spare tire and it looks like a Jantzen girl figure in the center of the spare. The Admiral Hotel is visible across SW Taylor and beyond is the Old Heathman Hotel.

A2005-001.494  SW Park Ave south from Yamhill St 02 1933(City of Portland Archives)

SW 10th Avenue & Yamhill, 1921

November 7, 2013

SW 10th Avenue was a two-way street in 1921. Here it passes in front of the 1913 Central Library on the right, looking south from Yamhill Street.

A2009-009.1835 SW 10th at Yamhill 1921(City of Portland Archives)

West Side Waterfront, 1924

October 23, 2013

The people enjoying our spectacular autumn weather along Tom McCall Waterfront Park would little recognize the same scene 90-some years ago. The dock at the foot of SW Jefferson Street then held barrels of tar for paving projects; the waterfront still has this physical configuration at the south end of the pavement and seawall. Riverplace Hotel and marina now replace Northwestern Electric’s Lincoln Plant in the distance.

A2009-009.1354 Dock at Municipal Paving Plant - foot of SW Jefferson St 1924(City of Portland Archives)

Front Street, c1910

October 17, 2013

Horse-drawn wagons were certainly the transportation of choice on Front Street in 1910; automobiles had not yet caught on in a big way. This view is south, probably at about Stark or Washington Street.

A2004-002.7738 Front Street 1910(City of Portland Archives)

Downtown Aerial, 1949

October 10, 2013

While quite a few of the downtown buildings in this 1949 photo from Portland Heights can still be identified today, many of the smaller buildings, particularly houses, are gone from the foreground area. Compare with this photo from some 30 years later, from roughly the same spot, after US-26 and I-405 were cut through the area.

A2004-002.2500 Looking north over Portland from southwest vista 1949(City of Portland Archives)


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