After completion of the construction shown in the previous two posts, traffic was humming along a flat Barbur Blvd. (at right), and Duniway Park was no longer a muddy gully. Apparently the park would be raised at some time in the coming years as it is almost street level now. This photo also gives us a nice overview of the South Auditorium Urban Renewal Area with downtown in the distance.
This is another view of the 4th Street/Barbur Blvd. construction we saw yesterday. The photographer was probably standing on the Sheridan Street sidewalk at the extreme left of yesterday’s photo, facing south. The houses in the distant right are the shacks in yesterday’s foreground. The dump truck at center gives a good idea of the scale, and the number of loads, that were needed to fill this area.
This nifty photo shows construction of Barbur Blvd. as an extension of SW 4th Street in 1932. 4th and Sheridan is the main intersection at top left and just below that is what we know today as Duniway Park. This area was originally a gully carrying runoff from the hills to the river (see last Friday’s map at far right between Sheridan and Arthur Streets). Today Barbur Blvd. is flat, and Duniway Park is almost street level, so lots of fill was moved into this area. The old YMCA building is now in the area where the shacks in the foreground were.
This richly colored 1890 bird’s-eye view illustration of Portland showed the city from the industrial Northwest to South Portland and included Albina and East Portland. It also featured detailed views of select homes and businesses. A key at the bottom located many other properties.
The 1890 Perkins Hotel, on the northeast corner of SW 5th and Washington, had seen better days by the time this 1955 photo was taken. The Golden Steer, gazing down from the corner tower, had been removed in 1907, returned to its place of honor in 1924, and again removed in 1957. The whole structure was demolished in 1962. The steer is currently in storage at the Oregon Historical Society archives in Gresham. I’ve uploaded a 1981 The Oregonian feature article about the Perkins Hotel, part 1 and part 2.
This Temple Beth Israel synagogue was built in 1888 on SW Main Street between 12th and 13th Avenues. Its two distinctive 125-foot towers were landmarks on Portland’s early skyline. It was destroyed by fire in 1928 and replaced by the congregation’s current building in Northwest Portland.