Archive for the ‘Columbia Street’ Category

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 Water Street, 1921

March 21, 2013

Associated with yesterday’s photo is this one, also labeled “SE” Water that’s actually SW Water Street. Just south of the area shown yesterday were several lumber and shingle mills. The photographer may have just turned 90 degrees to the right and made another image.

A2009-009.1825 SE Water near Hawthorne 1921 24k(City of Portland Archives)

SW Water & Columbia, 1921

March 20, 2013

Although this photo is labeled as “SE” Water Avenue, a close examination of the stamped concrete on the corner shows this to be the intersection of Water and Columbia Street, which is on the west side. The vantage point today is roughly the center of the bowl in Waterfront Park at the foot of Columbia Street.

A2009-009.1826 SE Water near Hawthorne 1921 24k(City of Portland Archives)

SW Columbia & 2nd, 1962

January 23, 2012

SW Columbia Street looking east to 2nd Avenue appeared borderline industrial back in 1962. The KOIN broadcasting studio on the right would move into a new high-rise tower a block to the west of this location (just to our right in this view) a couple of decades after this photo. The cornice of the Ladd Block can be seen beyond the Boyd’s coffee building on the left.

(City of Portland Archives)

Apartments, SW 11th Ave, 1976

December 29, 2011

Both of these apartment buildings still stand on the west side of SW 11th Avenue. The one on the right is at the corner with Columbia St. Both buildings look better now than they did 35 years ago. The vacant lot on the left is now a high-rise apartment building.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW Columbia & 4th, 1950

February 1, 2011

This is a slice of Portland that just doesn’t exist any more. Looking east on SW Columbia at 4th is another world now.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Broadway & Columbia, 1950

September 20, 2010

There was a recent discussion about when Portland adopted a one-way grid downtown. Poncho gave the date of 1950 which is borne out by this photo showing new traffic control devices looking south on SW Broadway at Columbia. The one-way conversion had not been made south of this point. The Hungerford Hotel is now the Regency Apartments, and the Standard gas station only recently met it’s demise; it’s now an empty lot.

(City of Portland Archives)


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