21 thoughts on “Panorama, 1892

  1. I don’t know what the round building is, but I place it where the Multnomah Hotel/Embassy Suites is now. That didn’t come along for another 20 years, in 1912. And I think the building visible just over the top-left side of the round roof is where Berbati’s Pan is now: https://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/union-cafe/

    The largest building in the center, just below Mt. Hood, is the back side of the Dekum Building at 3rd and Washington.

  2. The round building was the short-lived Cyclorama, depicting a civil war battle (Gettysburg?) in the round. It probably had some similarities to the one still in Atlanta. Dan Haneckow of the Cafe Unknown blog has researched this a bit.

  3. Hey there. Can I have permission to upload this photo to Flickr so that we may start tagging the different buildings in it? If I can, I will either mark it as a “Creative Commons” license or a public domain license, whichever you choose.

    It would be fun to pick out all of the buildings and try to label them!

  4. I really had no idea that Portland was so built up at this time. It would really be cool if someone could use Photoshop or something and put in a legend with all of the different landmarks. Much thanks for posting this. The coolest thing I have seen in awhile.

  5. You can see the corner of the wall at the Pioneer Post Office in the lower right hand corner. What an incredible photo! Thanks for posting it!

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  7. Funny how short a life-span some of these very substantial buildings had. The St. James Catholic Catheral can be seen just behind the Chamber of Commerce. It was built in 1878, and by 1879 the diocesan library, offices and Bishop’s residence were built in the same block. By 1894 the Portland diocese had vacated this block to move to their new “temporary” Cathedral up near 15th and Davis.
    Soon after, all the original church buildings were razed to the ground, except the Bishop’s house, which survives to this day and houses a Lebanese restaurant on its ground floor. Judging by this 1892 picture; the top of the church steeple seems to be under repair, or maybe a previous steeple had been demolished, never to be replaced as the church soon abadoned this part of town.

  8. Moving left to right the streets are SW 6th and 5th. The left most steeple is old Trinity Episcopal once located on 6th at Oak. St Mary’s Catholic cathedral can be seen facing Stark along 3rd. Cutting left up to right the streets are Washington and Alder. To the right of the back of the Dekum building (see above comment), one of the few large building in the photo still standing, the roof with two windows is the back of the old Masonic Temple once facing 3rd at Alder. Acroos Alder and a block down the hummble church steeple belonged to First Baptist on Fourt at Alder. The next street over to the right is Morrison.Follow it to the river to find the 1st Morrison Bridge (the first Willamette bridge in Portland) built of wood in 1887. It was replaced with a 2nd steel version in the early 20th century then the current 3rd version replace it.

  9. The next big church steeple on the right was First Methodist once on 3rd at Taylor. The bridge beyond was the Madison bridge. Built of wood. It was replaced by the Hawthorn bridge in 1911 when part of it collapsed sending a street car into the river. Panorama like these and lots of other photos can be seen in hard copy in the photograph files of downtown Portland in the Oregon Historical Society library. OHS is free to Multnomah county residents so bring an ID.

  10. So all the churches moved to the west a few years after this photo was taken. The Dekum is still there and a few smaller ones which would be to hard for me to point out. I think it must have been taken from the top of the old Oregonian building which had a famous Romanesque Revival tower and was located on 6th between Alder and Washongton.

  11. John Doyle, the caption for this image does say that it was taken from the “new The Oregonian building at SW 6th and Alder in 1892.” Glad you have enjoyed the panorama!

  12. John Doyle is correct about the Catholic Cathedral which I mistakenly identified as St. James. It was called the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, or St. Mary’s. All the other information about it is correct.

  13. Ryan, yes, the Cathedral was behind the Chamber of Commerce building then under construction, which was approximately one block beyond the Perkins Hotel.

  14. Isn’t it stupendous to be able to zoom in and see so much in this photo? On so many of those posted here at Vintage Portland! I believe we are some blessed folks.

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