Multnomah County Courthouse, 1912

Here’s an interesting 1912 photo of the Multnomah County Courthouse under construction. The first third of the exterior is complete in this view looking north on SW 4th Avenue from Madison. Note the mounted policeman in front of what looks like a private residence on the left, where the Portland Building now sits. Chapman Square is on the right.

Can anyone identify the dome on the left? The answer tomorrow.

(City of Portland Archives)

Skidmore Fountain, 1890

Yesterday’s post got me wondering about the exact location of the photo. I turned up this photo showing the Skidmore Fountain looking east down Vine Street with the 1868 Bank of British Columbia building on the left. This is the same building as the main background building in yesterday’s post. On the immediate left in yesterday’s photo is the 1888 Dodd Block, making the viewpoint looking east on Ankeny toward First Avenue.

Today’s photo shows the Bank of British Columbia on the left,  the Ankeny Block on the right, and at the end of Vine Street is the 1888 Dodd Block and the 1882 Cooks’ Building. The new Saturday Market area, on the east side of Naito Parkway, sits there now.

The Bank of British Columbia building was the first of Portland’s classic cast-iron architecture buildings to be demolished, in 1928.

Thanks to VP fan Jack for his comments on yesterday’s post; great historical information!

(City of Portland Archives)

Henry W. Corbett House

“A Typical Residence” is pretty much marketing speak, as the Henry Winslow Corbett mansion was anything but typical. When completed in 1875, the house, bounded by 5th and 6th Avenues, Yamhill and Taylor Streets, was considered in Portland’s suburbs. As the city grew up around it, the Pacific Building was built on the north side of the block in 1926 and the house was demolished for the Greyhound Bus depot in the mid-1930s.

Ezra Meeker, the gentleman at the rear of the wagon with the beard, was an early pioneer who traveled the Oregon Trail by ox cart.  In 1906 he traveled the trail from west to east, trying to draw attention to the mostly-forgotten trail. This photo is circa 1908.

(City of Portland Archives)

West Burnside & 10th, 1939

The intersection of West Burnside and 10th Avenue will look familiar to the gazillion people that visit Powell’s City of Books now at this location. This stretch of Burnside at one time was an area of many auto dealerships, including Wentworth & Irwin (Nash, and before that, Packard) and Tarola’s (Chrysler and Plymouth). There are a few ghost signs in Powell’s Blue Room that date back to its dealership days. Check them out on your next visit.

(City of Portland Archives)

Duniway Park, 1958

This aerial view of Southwest Portland’s Duniway Park area was taken a handful of years before I-405 construction plowed through the area. The freeway goes generally from right-center, a block north of the park, and skirts the south side of the Park Plaza Apartments (large white structure at top-center) before skewing north. This area is just a little southwest of the view in this previous post.

(City of Portland Archives)