In better days, the Multnomah Block from yesterday’s post looked like this (white building on the right). This view west on SW Morrison at 18th shows the Multnomah Block as a tidy “Burnett Automotive City” selling pre-war Plymouths and De Sotos. Familiar landmarks include Civic Stadium across Morrison and the Kingston Hotel just up the street.
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.
SE Hawthorne Blvd of 1971 was years away from becoming the funky shopping area it is now. Then it catered to the more mundane needs of everyday life; carpeting, furniture, loans, a locksmith, and of course a tavern. The Bagdad Tavern is now a Starbucks and the distinctive roof of the Bread and Ink Cafe is prominent across the street.
The Columbia Building once stood on the northeast corner of SW Washington Street and 9th Avenue. This photo looks east, and construction in the foreground is the Pittock Block across SW 9th Street to the west. According to the University of Oregon Libraries; “The Columbia Building was originally five stories and an additional two stories were added soon after construction. The building was demolished in 1972 to make way for O’Bryant Square which now occupies the site. Columbia Building was built for E. J. Blazier who operated Blazier Brothers Saloon, Burnside Street.”
You can probably still get a beer along NE Broadway just east of 33rd Avenue, but where you once would sit in the Cubby Hole Tavern you can now get a pizza and sit in the sun on a nice day. Benny’s cafe is long gone but the structure still stands. Even the billboards are still in place along this stretch of Broadway, and the little trees still soften the front of Gordon’s Fireplace Shop on the right.