SW Barbur Blvd & Lowell, 1949

Here’s a reversal of yesterday’s view at SW Barbur Blvd. Taken the same day, this photo looks east across Barbur from the top of the stairs we saw yesterday. The market across the way is gone now but the building remains; on the left you can see down SW Lowell Street to Corbett Avenue.

A2005-005.55.2 SW Barbur Blvd East to storefront 1949(City of Portland Archives)

SW Barbur Blvd & Lowell, 1949

We’ve seen this location before in a photo from 1933. At that time the houses closest to SW Barbur Blvd at Lowell Street were being moved to make way for road construction. This photo shows the same perspective, with earlier houses long gone and further removal of hillside material, probably to construct the underpass to connect Harbor Drive with Barbur. It looks much the same today except for vegetation growth over the years.

A2005-005.55.3 SW Barbur Blvd West to houses 1949(City of Portland Archives)

SW Portland Aerial, c1938

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)

SW Barbur & Lowell, c1933

As a followup to yesterday’s post, we see the same house at 180 Lowell Avenue from the under-construction Barbur Blvd. side. The foundation is gone and it’s up on temporary supports; perhaps it was moved somewhere in the neighborhood and is still around?

A2001-008.24 SW Barbur Blvd at SW Lowell c1933(City of Portland Archives)

180 SW Lowell Ave, 1932

This home at 180 SW Lowell Ave at one time sat adjacent to the Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way, seen here on the left. The right-of-way was acquired by the state highway department in the early 1930s and Barbur Blvd. laid on its path. This home may have been demolished for construction of the highway.

A2009-009.2315 SW Lowell St 1932

(City of Portland Archives)

South Portland, 1957

This view from above the south end of Duniway Park shows a portion of South Portland that essentially no longer exists. That stretch of road behind the trees is Barbur Blvd. where it extends south from 4th & Sheridan at top left. The view is just a bit east of this previous VP image.

life magazine sw portland 02 1957(LIFE)