SE Powell & 17th Ave, 1964

Traffic on SE Powell Blvd. used to have to stop to let the train pass before the underpass was built under the tracks. The public employee in the Plymouth didn’t seem to mind the delay but the woman behind him is not so happy. This view is to the west.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW 22nd & Vaughn, c1951

The houses on the northeast corner of NW 22nd and Vaughn are long gone; this corner is now the Vaughn Street exit from Highway 30. The building in the background labeled “Montgomery Ward Warehouse & Garage” is now the MotoCorsa motorcycle shop.

(City of Portland Archives)

Parade at SW 3rd & Alder, 1905

This 1905 image shows soldiers, possibly the Oregon National Guard, during a parade downtown. The building opposite is on the northeast corner of SW 3rd and Alder.

(City of Portland Archives)

Helm Building, c1955

The Helm building stood between the Packer-Scott building and the Burnside Bridge between Front and 1st Avenues. The Helm was the remaining portion of the 1877 Dekum & Reed block. The western half (shown here facing 1st Ave.) was destroyed by an explosion in 1968. The right-most cast-iron column is still attached to the northwest corner of the Packer-Scott building (Mercy Corps headquarters). Check it out next time you’re down at Saturday Market.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

House, 1955 – Mystery Location

This is identified as the home of architect Justus Krumbein on the University of Oregon Libraries website. I’m not so sure. The Krumbein home was the second lot north of NW Everett along NW 16th Street; this is obviously on a corner. The Sanborn map shows the Krumbein home having this same footprint but reversed. Clues in this photo include the uphill slope to the left, homes on the hill in the distant right, and the shadow direction, leading me to think this view is to the southwest. The one-way street and what looks like a large street sign in the side yard are other indicators, but I’m unable to put it all together. Any ideas one way or the other?

(University of Oregon Libraries)

W Burnside & NW 16th, 1917

The northeast corner of West Burnside and NW 16th Avenue housed a number of neighborhood businesses in 1917; news/magazine stand, barber shop, second-hand furniture, art, antiques, and a garage.

(City of Portland Archives)

Union Depot, 1905

Some things change very little over the years. Union Depot, now Union Station, looks today much the same as it did in this 1905 photo. The biggest difference is that the people seen here would now be standing under a pedestrian bridge over the tracks.

(City of Portland Archives)