SW 6th & Oak, 1939

SW Oak and 6th Avenue was previously featured on Vintage Portland looking west. Turning 90 degrees to your left at that intersection would show you this view south down SW 6th in 1939. The 1907 Wells Fargo Building is immediately on the right, followed by the Corinthian columns of the 1917 US National Bank Building.

(City of Portland Archives)

SE 82nd & Powell, 1937

The intersection of SE 82nd and Powell looked positively rural in 1937. The quaint little corner is now dominated by fast-food restaurants and strip malls, with six lanes of traffic in every direction. This view looks north on SE 82nd.

(City of Portland Archives)

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)

Fire Station 2, 1948

Fire Station 2 sits amid what appears to be road construction debris along NW 3rd Avenue in 1948. A 1918 American LaFrance engine is parked outside. Fire Station 2, built in 1913, can still be found at NW 3rd and Glisan. It’s empty and boarded up, but still looks to be in decent condition.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Sandy, Burnside & 12th, 1939

The E. Burnside-Couch couplet is now open, simplifying this once confusing intersection at NE Sandy, E. Burnside and 12th Avenue. Traffic is now one-way east on Burnside (bottom-right to top-left) and one-way west on Couch (far left). The beloved Tik Tok Drive In is at top-center in this 1939 photo.

(City of Portland Archives)

Hotel Perkins, 1905

The 1891 Hotel Perkins stood on the northeast corner of SW 5th and Washington until 1962 when it was replaced by the Washington Center building (Key Bank is the prime tenant now). An excellent view of the hotel and its surroundings can be seen just left of center in this 1892 panorama.
(City of Portland Archives)

Monarch Cleaners – Mystery Location

Today’s mystery location offers few clues to its location although sharp-eyed fans will spot a couple of buildings in this 1937 photo that still stand. Extra points for identifying the snazzy, aerodynamic car closest to the camera. Happy hunting!

(City of Portland Archives)