Sellwood Bridge, 1926

Many VPers probably got out last Saturday to watch the Sellwood Bridge move a bit downriver to make way for a new bridge. This 1926 photo shows the bridge when it was only a year old. This view is to the east when most of the Sellwood riverbank was the site of Oregon Woodwork Ltd.

A2009-009.1207 Sellwood Bridge 1926(City of Portland Archives)

Smith & Watson Building, c1973

The 1883 Smith & Watson Building on the northeast corner of SW 1st & Main was one of the last cast-iron-fronted buildings to be demolished in Portland. VP fan Bud Holland was lucky enough to have taken these photos of the building shortly before its demise. And we’re lucky that Bud has passed these on for us all to enjoy.




smith-watson-c1975-01(Bud Holland)

SW 1st & Main, 1975

The newly constructed World Trade Center 1 looms in the background behind The Old Main Tavern at SW 1st Avenue & Main Street in 1975. Neither the Old Main nor the cast-iron building to the left would survive the next few years. Read more about the Old Main Tavern at this previous VP post.

WTC and Old Main Tavern 1975 9904(University of Oregon Libraries)

Pioneer Courthouse, 1915

Portland looked every inch the modern, sophisticated city in this 1915 portrait featuring Pioneer Courthouse in the center. The Portland Hotel hosted well-heeled travelers to the west while the American Bank Building and the newly completed portion of the Meier & Frank Building projected wealth and prestige. This view is to the northwest and the intersection at bottom right is SW 5th and Morrison.

A2004-002.1441 Post Office square 1915(City of Portland Archives)