Archive for the ‘Front Avenue’ Category

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)

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)

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)

SW Front Ave & Harbor Drive, 1970

August 19, 2013

This could almost be mistaken for Tom McCall Waterfront Park today except SW Harbor Drive was still in place along the riverfront in this 1970 photo. Before the park was built this was just a grassy piece of land between Harbor Drive and Front Street on the left.

A2000-006.196 SW Front north from south of Morrison Bridge 1970(City of Portland Archives)

South Portland Aerial, c1938

July 26, 2013

A fantastic aerial photo from circa 1938 showing old South Portland, from today’s Riverplace area and PSU campus through Duniway Park and the Veteran’s Hospital in the distance. The large industrial complex at lower center is the old Smith & Watson Iron Works, makers of cast iron architectural pieces for many of Portland’s early commercial buildings, as well as fire hydrants that can be found today.

A2010-001.93 Aerial of SW Portland c1938(City of Portland Archives)

Westside Waterfront, 1941

June 28, 2013

Perhaps it was a big shopping event that drew all the cars to the Portland Public Market on the westside waterfront in 1941. Wholesale destruction of Portland’s cast-iron buildings in the nearby area had not begun by this time but the coming decades would provide even more parking as many of the old buildings along Front and 1st Avenue fell to the wreckers.

A2004-002.1610 Aerial view from Hawthorne Bridge Public Market 1941(City of Portland Archives)

Portland Public Market, 1942

May 31, 2013

The Portland Public Market building is seen here in 1942 along Front Street looking northeast from Salmon; we’d see Salmon Street Springs on the right edge of the photo¬†today. It must have been a nice summer day when this photo was taken; most windows are open to catch the breeze in the days before air-conditioning was common.

A2004-002.2788  The Public Market, Portland, Oregon 1942(City of Portland Archives)


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