SW 1st & Taylor, 1973

This photo shows how many of Portland’s 19th Century buildings had been allowed to decay over the following century. Fortunately they weren’t all demolished; although the photo is labeled “2nd Avenue and Yamhill Street,” this is probably the northwest corner of the extant 1880 Mikado Block at  SW 1st and Taylor.

SW 2nd and Yamhill 16617 1973(University of Oregon Libraries)

10 thoughts on “SW 1st & Taylor, 1973

  1. i can only assume that what we see at the bottom of this building is flood damage. What a great picture. i’d love to see the inside of these rooms.

  2. Very interesting photo. This is why cities in most of Europe don’t look like cities in the US. Thanks for the post.

  3. Unrelated to the subject of this post, but of possible interest to VP rail afficiandos, is this story about the uncovering of an old rail car during the demo of a building of more recent vintage for the Milwaukie lightrail line.

  4. Thanks, Jim, it was the old Brooklyn Diner. I remember eating there in the 1950s and 60s. Right across Holgate from the SP roundhouse.

  5. Remaining unrelated to the subject, I saw the rail car story on the news, but there wasn’t much detail on how it got there. Was this car decommissioned, then incorporated into the old diner somehow? Are there any pics of the Brooklyn Diner? I wonder how many more old trolley cars are hidden throughout our city like this… I found this very interesting. Thank you.

  6. that picture is the sad state of car culture… the building that was adjoined to it was torn down in favor of parking, leaving the now exposed windows and balconies…

    the discoloration is probably from water seeming between the buildings…

  7. “Brooklyn Diner” was a small eatery in the rail car on the corner, it ended up indoors by later expansion around the car body.

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