Unknown Location, c1961 – Help Us Out!

Let’s clear the weekend cobwebs with a Monday brain teaser. Your mission is to find this location; the date on the photo is circa 1961 and the address on one of the fourplex doors on the left appears to be “127” or “137.” All these houses have seen better days and chances are they didn’t survive the last half century but I’ve been fooled before. The finder of this location is indeed a VP master sleuth. Happy hunting!

Found: SW 2nd & Grant

unknown c1961(City of Portland Archives)

Henry W. Corbett House, 1931

When Henry W. Corbett built this fine home in 1875 he probably never dreamed that his bucolic block would be crowded out 50 years later. This fantastic view of his home looks northeast at SW 6th and Taylor Street. The Pacific Building was constructed on the north half of the block in 1926 and the house would be demolished in the mid-1930s to make way for the Greyhound Bus Depot. Thanks once again to Bud Holland for sending in another masterpiece.

corbett mansion 1931(Bud Holland)

NE Broadway & 33rd, 1953

This 1953 photo shows NE Broadway looking east west at 33rd Ave. It’s looking in the opposite direction as the one featured here from the same year (and probably the same day). The Albina Fuel company is again shown here, as well as a Kelly Tire store, both long gone from here.

A2005-001.708  NE Broadway westbound from 33rd Ave 1953(City of Portland Archives)

SW Washington & 3rd, 1905

It was a very busy day in 1905 when the streets and sidewalks were crowded with pedestrians and a few vehicles. This view is west on SW Washington St. at 3rd Avenue. The Dekum Building is a familiar sight on the left and the Oregon Pacific Building another block west still stands.

A2004-001.17 Washington St west from 3rd 1905(City of Portland Archives)

Ainsworth Block Demolition, 1955

When we last visited the 1881 Ainsworth Block it was enjoying its final intact days. In this photo shortly after demolition began in 1955, the third floor had already been removed and the second floor was not far behind. The site of one of Portland’s grandest cast-iron structures is still a surface parking lot at SW 3rd and Oak.

ainsworth block 4118 1955(University of Oregon Libraries)

Apartments, c1955 – Help Us Out!

These appear to be duplex upstairs/downstairs apartments from circa 1955 1947 but their location is unknown. Any help in identifying where these once were is greatly appreciated. That street sign might say SW 4th Avenue but I can’t be sure.

Found: SW 4th Ave. & Columbia St.

1955 c_A2005-005.1299.2(City of Portland Archives)

Aerial View of Portland, 1933

Another amazing photo from the City of Portland Archives shows the inner Southwest and Northwest Portland in 1933. The west ends of the Steel, Burnside and Morrison bridges are along the top and we can see west to about Broadway. The riverfront had been tamed with the construction of the seawall but old Portland was essentially untouched at this point and almost no buildings had been razed for surface parking lots yet.

A2011-024.1 Aerial view Willamette and downtown Portland 1933(City of Portland Archives)