SW 4th & Columbia, 1948

Ditzler Automotive Service, and the rest of this low-key block, would eventually give way to the First National Bank Tower (then First Interstate Bank and now Wells Fargo Center), Portland’s tallest building. The railing atop City Hall can be seen beyond the Goodyear sign, and the 1923 Ambassador Apartment building and Gus J. Solomon United States Courthouse are visible in the distance.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 3rd & W Burnside After Widening

This photo is roughly the same vantage point as my previous post but taken after widening of W. Burnside. Note that the three-story Winchester House is now the single story building we know as Dante’s today. The “Great Light Way” illuminated arches are also gone. The Multnomah Hotel (now Embassy Suites) is much more visible at top right.

Here’s a circa 1933 photo of the same intersection looking east on Burnside. This is roughly the same time period, early- to mid-30s.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 3rd & W Burnside Before Widening

This photo from the early 1930s shows the intersection of W. Burnside at SW 3rd looking south. On the left, the Union Theater is now the Paris Theater and the Union Cafe is now Berbati’s Pan and Voodoo Doughnut. Dante’s now sits where Winchester House once was.

Tomorrow: A very similar view after widening of W. Burnside.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 1st Avenue, 1973

This stretch of the west side of SW 1st Avenue between Salmon and Taylor was demolished shortly after this 1973 photo to make way for one of the World Trade Center buildings. At far right, the then-gray Mikado Block still stands, now beautifully restored. The University of Oregon Libraries tags this photo as the “Allen Music Store” which I’m guessing was the ghost sign on the four-story brick building. The third of the four buildings seems to have “Peacock Sash & Door” across the front.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

Harbor Drive, 1962

Looking north on SW Harbor Drive in 1962. The southbound onramp at far left was from SW Market Street. The large northbound offramp in the center took you to SW Clay, and as the sign says, City Center. If you were standing at this vantage point today, you’d probably be on the sidewalk just to the west of the Riverplace condos.

(City of Portland Archives)