Multnomah Block, 1943

The Multnomah Block once stood at the north end of Civic Stadium (PGE Park), bounded by W. Burnside and SW Morrison, SW 18-19th and 20th. This view is east down Morrison to 18th. It housed Roy Burnett Motors and several other businesses when it suffered a fire in 1941. In 1944 the shell was converted to The Civic Court Apartments. That in turn was demolished in the mid 2000s and replaced with The Civic condo and The Morrison apartment buildings.

(City of Portland Archives)

8 thoughts on “Multnomah Block, 1943

  1. Ah, my old stomping grounds. The brick apartment building just beyond the Pontiac dealership was one of the first places I lived in Portland upon moving here in the mid-eighties.

    The tall hazy building on the left side of Morrison near the far edge of the photo. Is that the old Portland High School, or had it been torn down by the time this picture was taken?

  2. My guess is that the hazy building is the Commodore Hotel, at 16th and Morrison. The shape of the roof line is right, and I don’t see any other buildings in the photo that could be the Commodore. The photo makes it look very tall, but I think that’s a trick of the camera.

  3. Dan,

    I believe the Commodore is the buidling to the immediate east of the Winston (the brick building where I lived lo those many eons ago). Hence the “ORE” visible at the top of the building. The hazy building I referred to in my original post is alllll the way at the visible end of the street; at about 14th and Morrison. Clicking the picture twice will give you the maximum enlargement.

  4. I see the hazy building you’re referring to, but I’m pretty sure Portland High School was demolished in 1929?

    I was thinking maybe the Terminal Sales Building, but that would be on the other side of Morrison wouldn’t it?

  5. I agree that the Commodore is the building a couple blocks down with the “RE” on the side. The distant building may be the American Bank Building all the way downtown between 6th and Broadway.

  6. I think that’s probably what it is, Dan.
    Thanks for shedding some light on that apartment building. It always made me think of a prison. No loss when it was finally torn down.

  7. Here’s video from the from a few year before this picture of the intersection of 18th Morrison. The tall building lost in the haze is indeed the American Bank Building.

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