SW 16th & Washington, 1917 – Part 2

A previous Vintage Portland post showed the corner of SW 16th and Washington looking west. This photo shows head-on the buildings that were obliquely seen in the middle of the block of that earlier photo. Note the pile of wood in the street in both photos. The A-Ball Plumbing Supply store can be seen at far left.

Street numbering has changed since 1917, this location is now the 1600 block of West Burnside, now an Enterprise Rent-A-Car lot. Not only has numbering changed but the street names as well. Burnside as a name ended at 15th and carried the name Washington until about 23rd Street where it finally became Barnes Road.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Salmon, 1949

This circa 1949 photo shows SW Salmon from about 5th looking west toward 6th and Broadway beyond. The Municipal Terminal Building on the left, as well as the Broadway Theater on the next block, are long gone. The Heathman Hotel still stands beyond that. Note the tiny “Brom’s Record Shop” tucked in behind the Broadway Theater.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Lombard & Union, 1937

The intersection of NE Lombard (here looking west) and Union Avenue in 1937 is a far cry from today’s busy and asphalt-rich area. Long before I-5 was built less than a mile to the west, 99-E was the way to get between Portland and Vancouver.

(City of Portland Archives)

SE Belmont & 39th, 1915

The Mt. Tabor streetcar line once ran down the middle of SE Belmont Street, shown here in 1915 looking west at 39th Avenue. The first two houses on the left have been demolished, the other five still remain.

(City of Portland Archives)

N. Broadway & Larrabee, 1937

Coming off the Broadway Bridge eastbound looks surprisingly the same now as it did in 1937 considering the massive changes that this area have undergone. Looking to the right from this spot today would show those changes in the form of Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Garden arena. Note the “Subway” entrances, what I assume to be underground street crossings. Click here to see an aerial photo of this intersection and surrounding area from 1948.

(City of Portland Archives)

St. Vincent Hospital, 1909

Sisters of Providence established St. Vincent Hospital, the first permanent hospital in Oregon, in 1875, at NW 12th and Marshall. The second St. Vincent Hospital, shown here in 1909, was dedicated in 1895. It was sited on hilly land on NW Westover Rd. between Glisan and Irving Streets. The landmark building ended its useful life in 1971 when all patients were moved to the new Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on SW Barnes Road. This building was demolished in the late 1970s.

(City of Portland Archives)

Bungalow Grocery – Mystery Location

Today’s Mystery Location really is a mystery. The record says simply, “Bungalow Grocery in the Irvington Neighborhood” with a date of 1925. I’ve been able to find nothing else about it. Does it still exist? Where is/was it? Adding to the mystery, it doesn’t look much like a grocery store, but a private residence of a very distinctive style, especially for the area. Anybody out there know anything about this building?

(City of Portland Archives)