Archive for the ‘Northwest’ Category

Fairmount Hotel Postcard Back, c1910

April 4, 2014

Tuesday’s postcard that we identified as the Fairmount Hotel at NW Vaughn & 26th created a bit of doubt about it actually being the Fairmount. Shown here is the back of the same postcard. It does not prove anything other than that the writer thought it was the Fairmount, but here it is anyway.

fairmount hotel back c1910(Bud Holland)

Fairmount Hotel, c1910

April 1, 2014

Seeing the 1951 version of the Leonard Apartments (Fairmount Hotel building) last week, VP Fan Bud Holland dug through his archives and found this great circa 1910 postcard of the original Fairmount Hotel. There have been quite a few architectural changes since then, including extending the second floor rooms to the porch roof edge to provide more interior square footage. Thanks again Bud!

Update: This is probably not the Fairmount Hotel building. See the comments and discussion here. We’ll put this one in the Mystery Location category.

fairmount hotel c1910(Bud Holland)

NW 26th & Upshur, c1951

March 27, 2014

The Fairmount Hotel opened in 1905 for the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition. By the time of this photo circa 1951 it was known as the Leonard Apartments. It’s still on NW 26th Avenue between Upshur and Vaughn Streets and is known as the Historic Fairmount Apartments.

A2001-025.83 NW 26th and Upshur north c1951(City of Portland Archives)

208-210 NW Couch St, c1933

March 11, 2014

This photo is identified as “Alex Klonoff 2nd Hand Goods, 208-210 NW Couch St.” Mr. Klonoff seems to have run a well-stocked logger supply store from what is now the Couch Street entrance to the Spyce Gentlemen’s Club. The stairway on the left may have led to an upstairs hotel but is now the long-gone but artistically gated Couch St. Gallery.

A2008-001.58  Exterior view of Alex Klonoff 2nd Hand Goods  208-210 NW Couch St 1931(City of Portland Archives)

NW Front & Davis, c1930

February 3, 2014

Our Number Man probably could never conceive that the lot behind him would eventually hold a four-level parking structure with a helipad on the roof. He’s standing on the northwest corner of NW Front Avenue and Davis Street in this circa 1930 photo.

A2009-009.2484 Wood Lot NW Front Ave and Davis St c1930(City of Portland Archives)

NW 10th & Johnson, c1925

December 31, 2013

Long before the Pearl District became a trendy shopping and residential area, and even when it was a gritty industrial area, it contained single family homes and rooming houses. This circa 1925 photo shows NW 10th Avenue at Irving street looking north. The large structure on the far right is the back of what we know today as the Ecotrust building. And amazingly enough, a portion of the wall on the left, including door openings and steel shutters, still stands at the corner with Johnson Street. The block is in the center of this aerial photo taken in 1939 after the wooden structures had been removed.

A2009-009.1729 NW 10th & Johnson c1925(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & NW 10th, 1927

December 10, 2013

In 1927 you may have come to the corner of West Burnside and NW 10th Avenue to stay at the hotel or do business with the Empire Transfer & Storage company. In the 1950s and 60s you might have watched your favorite KISN DJ through the “Window of the World.” Today you’re likely to buy your Dr. Martens shoes here.

W Burnside St and N 10th 1927(City of Portland Archives)


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