E Burnside & 11th, 1932

This photo looks west on E. Burnside at 11th Avenue, just after the Burnside street widening project. Street patches and new sidewalks and curbing are in evidence. The building on the left is now the Hippo Hardware store. The building beyond it, seen through the arcade, is still standing, as is the commercial building on the north side of the street.

(City of Portland Archives)

SE Division & 12th, 1937

Looking east on SE Division Street, here at 12th Avenue, the area had a much more residential feel back in 1937. The two main houses shown here are gone, replaced by a low commercial building. On the immediate right you’ll see a bus shelter and a chain-link fence today.

(City of Portland Archives)

SE Grand & Morrison, 1919

SE Grand Avenue really did look grand in this 1919 photo looking north from Morrison Street. A number of buildings shown here are still standing. Multiple streetcars are present going both north and south, horse-drawn and horseless carriages are about equal in number, and bicyclists and pedestrians complete the busy scene.

(City of Portland Archives)

Aerial, SW Arthur & 2nd, 1950

There was some discussion after last Wednesday’s post about SW Arthur winding down from 4th to 1st Avenue. I’ve excerpted that general area from an aerial survey photo to illustrate what this area looked like in 1950. Duniway Park is center-left and the north-south boundaries are roughly SW Lincoln and SW Woods. I-405 will eventually cut a swath across the top third of this area.

(City of Portland Archives)

Veteran’s Hospital, Marquam Hill, 1930

Finding your way around “Pill Hill” and the US Veteran’s Hospital grounds was a much less daunting task in 1930 than it is now. This was long before Oregon Health & Science University and Portland Shriners Hospital began building on the hill.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Arthur & 2nd, 1959

SW Arthur Street winds down from SW 4th/Barbur Blvd., on its way under the Front Street (Naito Parkway) overpass seen in the distance. In 1959 this area was rather bleak and rundown. Today it’s a mostly leafy boulevard in an area of office parks and businesses. The victorian house on the right still stands just a few feet from the edge of the roadway.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 6th Avenue, 1952

Much has changed since 1952 when this photographer looked south on SW 6th Avenue between Morrison and Yamhill. The Portland Hotel was sited on our immediate right from 1890 until 1951. The parking structure shown here covered the block for the next three decades until it was torn down to build Pioneer Courthouse Square.

(City of Portland Archives)