Parking, SW Broadway & Pine, 1949

This parking structure was already over 20 years old when this photo was taken in 1949. It still stands at SW Pine and Broadway, and with the exception of no glass in the windows now, still looks much the same as it did then. The sign has changed slightly, now reading, “Enjoy Downtown While Parking. Broadway Garage”

(City of Portland Archives)

6 thoughts on “Parking, SW Broadway & Pine, 1949

  1. According to the signs, it looks like the parking garage also did duty as a gas station and full service repair shop. I work in big pink and had always wondered if this building started its life as something other than a parking garage, but was later converted. Thanks for the elucidation Dan. It’s nice to see the attention to detail on something as utilitarian as a parking garage.

  2. I was born in 1949 so enjoy seeing what my hometown looked like back then – a lot like it did in the ’50’s!

  3. So was this building originally built as a parking garage? If so, is this the oldest one in the city? I’ve always wondered about this structure, and assumed it had at one time had another purpose. Great photo

  4. For further information on it go to Elliott R. Corbett Wikipedia page and under Portland Buildings see Corbett Broothers Auto Storage Garage. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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