Our Number Man finds himself on the sunny northwest corner of NE Broadway at 11th Avenue in this 1929 photo. This modern and tidy Standard Oil service station featured covered pumps on both sides of the sales booth plus covered service bays in the background.
Tuesday’s postcard that we identified as the Fairmount Hotel at NW Vaughn & 26th created a bit of doubt about it actually being the Fairmount. Shown here is the back of the same postcard. It does not prove anything other than that the writer thought it was the Fairmount, but here it is anyway.
The SE Bybee Blvd. overpass over SE McLoughlin Blvd. is shown here undergoing construction work in 1934. Rails for the Sellwood and Eastmoreland trolley lines can be seen in the foreground and in the distance to the west. Were they being replaced by the new trolley buses at this time?
Seeing the 1951 version of the Leonard Apartments (Fairmount Hotel building) last week, VP Fan Bud Holland dug through his archives and found this great circa 1910 postcard of the original Fairmount Hotel. There have been quite a few architectural changes since then, including extending the second floor rooms to the porch roof edge to provide more interior square footage. Thanks again Bud!
Update: This is probably not the Fairmount Hotel building. See the comments and discussion here. We’ll put this one in the Mystery Location category.
At first glance you’d think these two imposing homes on NE Union Avenue at Knott Street are long gone. Surprisingly, they both still stand today, as does the third home in the background. It appears both have had the elevated ground excavated and the basements removed so the first floors sit at street level today.