Archive for the ‘4th Avenue’ Category

SW 4th and Morrison, 1940

July 10, 2014

The photograph for today is of a street car going through the busy downtown intersection at SW 4th Avenue and Morrison Street. Fred Meyer, Dr. J. J. Colton, Dentist, and Chown Hardware are just a few of the businesses that line these downtown streets in 1940.

SW 4th Ave. and Morrison St. 1940 : A2005-001.863

SW 4th Ave. and Morrison St. 1940 : A2005-001.863


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R.M. Gray, 1909

August 26, 2013

R.M. Gray was a men’s furnishings store at 273-275 Morrison Street in 1909. On the northeast corner of SW 4th and Morrison, the building is long gone, replaced by a full-block parking garage. Entering the street level shop where these doors once stood would lead you to some Buffalo Wild Wings today.

rm gray store 17933 1909(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW 4th Avenue, 1946

August 7, 2013

This 1946 photo looks north on SW 4th Avenue through Oak Street, the first intersection visible. The east side of the street is pretty intact today, while the west side is completely different north of Oak. The 1883 Sinnott House at NW 3rd & Couch can be seen in the far distance.

A2005-001.1106 traffic signal SW 4th north from Oak 1946(City of Portland Archives)

Hotel Philip, 1927

July 29, 2013

Now known as the Grove Hotel, the Hotel Philip is shown here in 1927. Located on West Burnside between 4th and 5th Avenues, the building was originally about twice as deep before the Burnside widening project scaled back its south face to accommodate the street.

W Burnside and N Fourth 1927(City of Portland Archives)

SW 4th Avenue, 1973

June 11, 2013

Two views from almost identical spots atop City Hall on SW 4th Avenue between Jefferson and Madison show the block across the street before and after clearing in 1973. The block is now Terry Schrunk Plaza, named for Portland’s mayor from 1957 to 1973.

Buildings on SW 4th Ave east of City Hall 1973
Federal building site [Schrunk Plaza] 01 1973(City of Portland Archives)

4th Avenue Plaza, 1976

June 7, 2013

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.

pnb 1976 01

pnb 1976 02(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW 4th & Washington, 1946

May 3, 2013

There were some great business signs along SW 4th Avenue north of Washington Street in 1946. “Paradise Inn Chop Suey” is a classic. Except for the block on the immediate left, almost everything we see here is miraculously still standing.

A2005-001.887 SW 4th at Washington  north 1946(City of Portland Archives)


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