West End Steel Bridge, 1952

The complex series of Steel Bridge ramps leading to and from Harbor Drive and NW Glisan Street is clearly illustrated in this 1952 aerial photo. The coal gas storage tank is long gone, along with every other building you see here. The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is on the block in the extreme lower right corner.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW Nicolai & Yeon, 1943

Here’s a different angle of the intersection that we first saw back in February. This 1943 view of NE Nicolai & Yeon was taken from just out of the frame to the left on the earlier photo, this time looking east. According to the Trolley Map of Portland, those tracks carried the Sellwood Trolley all the way down to Southeast Portland.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 1st & Lincoln, 1963

Virtually unrecognizable as we know it today was the intersection of SW 1st and Lincoln Street, looking north, in 1963. The South Auditorium Urban Renewal area had been completely cleared and streets were being rebuilt and repaved here. The pre-remodeled auditorium can be seen in the distance. The intersection can be seen in this aerial view of the area from 1935 (pre-urban renewal), just below photo center. Light rail will be coming through this intersection in the future.

(City of Portland Archives)

SE Portland House, 1929 – Help Us Out!

This is another house from the City of Portland Archives at an unidentified location. What’s known is that it was somewhere in Southeast Portland and the photo date is 1929. It appears to be a pretty distinctive triplex so if this is still around, it should be easy to spot, right?

(City of Portland Archives)

Greene’s Building, c1955

The 1882 Greene’s Building sat on the northeast corner of SW 1st and Alder Street. The cast-iron-fronted building was almost architecturally identical to the 1881 Ladd Block farther down 1st Avenue at Columbia Street. Greene’s Building was demolished in 1956 to make way for the Morrison Bridge on-ramp.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

Aerial View, Goose Hollow, 1947

This aerial view is of the Goose Hollow area in 1947. The view is to the northeast with SW Jefferson St. leading to and from Canyon Road winding under the Vista Avenue Viaduct and Multnomah Stadium in the upper left.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 12th & Morrison, 1910

A large crowd gathers to see the Portland Fire Bureau responding to a call at SW 12th & Morrison in 1910. That’s quite a well-dressed crowd; could this be Easter Sunday? The First Presbyterian Church can be seen in the background at right.

(City of Portland Archives)