The Oregon Centennial Exposition was held in 1959 to celebrate Oregon’s 100 years of statehood. The 65 acre site was previously the Pacific International Livestock Exposition, and is now home to the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center.
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This view looks northeast at SW Broadway with traffic crossing eastbound on Columbia. The Oregonian Building is shown at center and the Hungerford Hotel is now the Regency Apartments. Compare this photo with the same intersection looking south in 1950.
Today we look south on SE 39th Avenue where it crosses Powell Blvd. We saw this intersection looking east in an earlier post. The 1935 photo showed a Signal gas station on the northeast corner; this would put a service station on at least three of the corners. Very competitive!
Ahavai Sholom Synagogue once stood on the northeast corner of SW Park Avenue and Clay Street. It was built in 1904 and sold when the congregation moved to a different location in 1952. It served various other purposes, including a gymnasium for Portland State University, until it was demolished in 1978.
One gets the feeling that a lot of city business was discussed over lunch at Cole McElroy’s Spanish Ball Room, across the street from Portland City Hall (just off camera to the left). This 1980 invitation (which used a 1940 image) was made up referring to McElroy’s as “City Hall Annex #1″ and giving people a chance to enjoy the establishment one last time. It was soon demolished to make way for the Michael Graves-designed Portland Building.
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.