NE Sandy Blvd & 28th, 1937

NE Sandy Blvd slashes diagonally across this 1937 photo and intersects with NE 28th Avenue in the middle. The area south of Sandy hasn’t changed a whole lot; north of Sandy has grown more commercial. 28th at that time crossed Sullivan’s Gulch and the railroad track (upper right); it now spans the I-84 freeway too.

(City of Portland Archives)

10 thoughts on “NE Sandy Blvd & 28th, 1937

  1. I live just about 2 blocks west of where this photo cuts off, so this area is really familiar to me, and there are a lot of buildings that are very recognizable. The apartments on 27th and Hoyt and 28th and Hoyt. Of course the building that Hollywood Vintage is in now on the NW corner of the intersection, and now has an Art Stearns sign on the corner of 28th and Holladay. The building kitty-corner to that on the SE corner of the intersection looks like it’s the same one that’s still there as well. Those triangular blocks that look like parking lots or car lots are still car lots. And it looks like Holladay east of 28th still curved down to the railroad tracks and what is now the U-Store buildings (I’m assuming they used to be railroad warehouses). The condition of the road surface of NE Pacific looks about the same as it is currently 🙂

  2. Thank you, Jeremy! It’s nice to know there are other fans of both Vintage Portland and Google maps and your link saved me a lot of work. If you look below where it says “Paste link in email or IM” you’ll see a check box that says, “Short URL”. Put a check in it and you’ll get a link like this:

    That Pepsi building took up a block or two and blocked off a couple of streets didn’t it? I wonder how they got away with that. Most of the houses along Sandy are gone but most of the houses on 28th are still there.

  3. I believe the U-Store buildings were formerly the factory of Doernbecher Furniture company. There’s a decent picture of it here:

    Anyone know where the sawmill was located?

  4. I see a lot of changes, actually. Between August 2008 and August 2011 I worked in this area, and got to know it pretty well.

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