Future Portland-New York of the Pacific, c1909

Real estate businessman W.M. Killingsworth had grand ideas for Portland’s future following the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. This circa 1909 illustration fancifully blends some Portland buildings (and rivers) with New York’s Manhattan Island to portray how Mr. Killingsworth (pictured at upper right) envisioned Portland’s thriving future.

(Shaping the City: Portland, Oregon, 1841-2011 – Chet Orloff)

SW Park Avenue, 1940

This 1940 view is north on SW Park Avenue just south of Market Street. The apartment on the left is the extant Parkway Manor. SW Park doesn’t look nearly this wide now, does it?

(City of Portland Archives)

NW Yeon & Nicolai, 1943

There’s a good chance many of these factory people were working in support of the war effort in 1943. The view is northwest on NW Yeon Avenue at Nicolai Street. The first two buildings on the right are still there; the brick building retains a nice old “Imperial Paints” sign at the top. Nothing on the left side of the street is still there.

(City of Portland Archives)

Wartime Housing Projects, 1945

This 1945 aerial photo looking northeast shows three wartime housing projects in North Portland, primarily for Portland and Vancouver shipyard workers. At center is Columbia Villa, beyond that is University Homes, and across the Columbia Slough at upper left is Vanport City. The Interstate Bridge to Vancouver can be seen beyond Vanport. All three housing projects are long gone and the land redeveloped.

(City of Portland Archives)

W.M. Killingsworth Home, c1910

Real estate businessman W.M. Killingsworth platted the Walnut Park addition to Portland in 1905. 80 acres were divided into 400 lots and deeds stated only residential buildings would be built. He built this fine home for himself facing N Alberta Street between N Vancouver and Commercial Avenues, and extended north past Sumner Street. Thanks to VP fan Roxanne for suggesting this image.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW Harbor Dr & Front Ave, 1944

This 1944 photo shows where Harbor Drive and Front Avenue met at that time; we’re looking north. Southbound Harbor Drive emerges from the tunnel under Front on the left side. Front crosses over the tunnel in photo center, and Harbor Drive northbound angles off into the distance on the right. If you stood on the traffic island at Naito Parkway and Sheridan Street today, you’d be in just about the same spot this photographer stood, although I-405 traffic would be shooting by practically under your feet now.

(City of Portland Archives)