E Burnside & Union, 1933

The 1894 Burkhard Building dominated the northeast corner of E. Burnside at Union Ave. in this 1933 photo. The building “arcades” on either side of Burnside were the result of a street widening project in the late 1920s. The Burkhard Building was demolished the next year.

(City of Portland Archives)

5 thoughts on “E Burnside & Union, 1933

  1. If the Burkhard building was demolished so shortly after being arcaded, I’m curious as to whether the modifications rendered the building structurally unsound. It doesn’t make sense that expenses would be incurred to adapt the structure to its new surroundings only to be torn down within a couple of years.

  2. I remember the arcading on the bldg that was on the SE corner of the intersection. I would have liked to have seen it when both sides were arcaded. Were they exactly the same on both sides?

  3. @Jim- it makes sense because the city was paying to do the arcade work, and the owner had no incentive to save the city money, even if he/she was thinking about tearing the place down.

    Also… “late 20s” to 33 doesn’t seem like a long time from our perspective, but maybe five years was enough for circumstances to change drastically… especially in light of the change in economic conditions.

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