Archive for the ‘1st Avenue’ 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)

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)

Corbett Building, 1954

July 23, 2013

The 1870 Corbett Building was the first fully cast-iron fronted building in the city. It was also the only building to have its cast-iron pieces come from Baltimore, shipped around Cape Horn. Demolished two years after this photo, it was on SW 1st Avenue between Alder and Washington.

corbett building 8028 1954(University of Oregon Libraries)

Ladd Block, c1960

May 13, 2013

We’ve seen the 1881 Ladd Block before; this gives a bit of a closer look at this once-fine building in its later years. This view is to the north up SW 1st Avenue from Columbia Street.

ladd block sw 1st and columbia 19191 c1960(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW 1st & Taylor, 1973

March 28, 2013

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.

SW 2nd and Yamhill 16617 1973(University of Oregon Libraries)

Downtown, 1975

March 15, 2013

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.

Downtown parking garage 1975(City of Portland Archives)

Interstate 405 Construction, c1965

March 13, 2013

Looking west from the SW 1st Avenue overpass, construction crews are digging deep to excavate the I-405 freeway circa 1965. The Travelodge over on SW 4th is clearly visible here, as are other still extant buildings. You can see an aerial view of the overall area here.

A2005-001.774 Foothill Freeway I405 from SW 1st west 1965(City of Portland Archives)


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