Aerial View, W Burnside & 10th, 1940

We’ve looked at this intersection from the ground several times before, but this is the first time showing any detail from the air. And lots of detail it has. W Burnside cuts from top-right to bottom-left while NW 10th passes in front of the old armory building at top-left and into Southwest Portland on the right. SW Oak angles in from upper-right.

(City of Portland Archives)

12 thoughts on “Aerial View, W Burnside & 10th, 1940

  1. I’m guessing under the roof in the top left of the photo. I think I saw what looked like part of a “Standard” sign poking out.

  2. I take it back. upper center/right of the photo, looks like a gas station island where all the cars are parked.

  3. @Mike,

    I’m not sure about gas stations, but the garage at the NW corner of tenth and Stark is home to Portland’s Living Room theater. I don’t know if they serve beer though.

  4. It’s on the corner of 10th and Couch, home now to Blitz Pearl.
    See the “Texaco” sign on the side of the building. The pumps were located likely on the inside of the garage, a very common practice back then. When my business used to be located in the building next door (to the north), we had several vintage gas pumps on display. One day a elderly gent pulled in and asked for a fill up! I thought he was kidding, but he was serious. He left a little agitated about my lack of ‘service’…
    Now that I am looking at the photo a little closer, there might be two more stations I missed, one at 9th and Couch (I thought it might be a lot attendant office at first and one in the Firestone building on Burnside.

  5. Yup Mike, I see Texaco painted above the awning on Couch where you used to be. Where did you relocate? You did a couple of great restorations for me back in the 90’s.

  6. Is there another gas station in the lower right corner of photo, west side of tenth? Looks like the top of a pump island partially obscured by the angular-shaped building extension.

  7. Hi,
    I was the Architect on the Livingroom Theaters. The original 1920 building was an Electrical workshop on the west side of the site, with older town homes facing 10th. It became a gas station and tire store in the late 20’s with the addition of the office and drive through pumps on the corner. Eventually it became a Good Year tires and a tower may was added to the NE corner. In the 40’s the corner was filled in with a storefront for Fuller Paint which used the rest of the building for a warehouse and prodution. When we demo’d to get the stepped seatin, we found huge brick foundations for townhouses over the hole site, 10th and Stark street. The buildings were just demo’d into their foundations and a shallow foundation built over. The Contractor said they found lots of wood and bottles and such inside the foundations. If you take this photo and walk through the building, you will see all of the columns and exterior walls that defined the various additions. We did not demo any of the original structure or additions up to the shoddy 1980’s remodel into a nightclub.

    Thanks for posting this pic! I had never seen it from the air and it brought back a lot of memories of piecing it together. Wish I had seen this photo back then!

    Robert Nobles

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