My how times have changed. In 1964 this area was definitely a gritty industrial area, a far cry from today’s trendy, glittery Pearl District.
How would you like to get your hands on some of these almost new 1957 and 1958 Chevrolets and Dodges? What do you suppose this parking lot is for? The cars seem too uniform to be a public lot. This is taken in 1958 from City Hall looking at SW 5th between Madison and Main at the far end of the block (Multnomah County Courthouse is across the street). The Portland Building sits on this lot now.
The center of this photo is now the Saturday Market area with Front Avenue (now Naito Parkway) running top to bottom. The “Packer-Scott Paper” building at center-left is now Mercy Corps headquarters and their new building fills the empty space just to our right of it. This photo is from 1935.
North Bank Station passenger depot handled passenger trains to Chicago and the east, Seattle, Astoria and Southern Oregon until World War I. It served intercity passenger trains until 1931. Though the building still stands, you’ll see a much different landscape if you stand at the corner of NW 11th and Hoyt in the Pearl District today. This photo dates to 1917.