Greyhound Maintenance Garage, 2008

Fans of the old Greyhound maintenance garage at SW Water Avenue & Sheridan Street will be saddened to know that it no longer exists. Alert VP reader Ian Fraley alerted me two weeks ago that it was being torn down. By the time I could get down there, only a pile of debris remained. You can see the building in this 1964 aerial photo with a bit of discussion about it in the comments.






20 thoughts on “Greyhound Maintenance Garage, 2008

  1. I seem to remember that this was home to Hood Tire for a period of time also, because I can’t recall the time period exactly.

  2. Thanks for the link portlandpreservation. I stumbled across the old building a few years ago and was hoping someone could perform some magic to preserve it. I’m hoping someone cut out and preserved the beautiful facade ornamentation with the winged wheels as well as the ‘Greyhound’ name?

  3. sad. I always hoped they would save this building, even though it’s in a weird location thanks to all the highways built around it. I’ve noticed an awful lot of historic buildings being razed this year, especially in the past few months. The Powell’s technical books building being another recent loss. Also quite a few old houses have been torn down and replaced with giant McMansions. It’s really sad to see Portland losing more of it’s history. I grew up in Dallas, TX where we’d lose an historic building daily, I’d hate to see Portland following that path.

  4. Thanks for obtaining and sharing documentation of these buildings before they were gone forever, Ian. Efforts like yours andMarion Dean Ross, help to record architectural history that may otherwise be lost over time.

  5. For awhile in the fairly recent past there was a car wash in the back part of this building. I was always interested in the history of it and am sad to see that it’s gone. (It could have made an interesting McMenamins!)

  6. Yes, it is interesting. When this building was built, it was on a main route out of town, leading to Macadam and on to Taylor’s Ferry and Boones Ferry. Then with the building of Barbur and I-5, this street was almost completely cut off from the rest of the world.

  7. It always seemed to me that the Greyhound building existed in a time warp apart from modern Portland, …tucked away in a draw out of sight and under freeway ramps, accessed by the cobblestones of Water Ave. and near the old DeCicco Tire Building (also lost to neglect.) I used to fantasize about the cool things that could happen in that little pocket of the city that seemed like a perfect artists enclave.

  8. it was a nice art deco place well built to “98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure sh*t. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything

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