SE Union & Hawthorne, 1937

This is a quaint and long-gone 1937 landscape looking south on SE Union Avenue. There’s no on-street parking today, and certainly no $1.50-$3.00 weekly housekeeping rooms. However you will pass under the Hawthorne ramp at this intersection today.

A2005-001.1019  SE Union north of Hawthorne south 1937(City of Portland Archives)

10 thoughts on “SE Union & Hawthorne, 1937

  1. I work at the intersection of SE Grand and where Hawthorne comes off the bridge ramp, so I’m very curious about this photo. Thanks, y’all!

  2. I wonder what the great names contest was from that billboard? 3,000 pretty good prize for the time.

  3. The News Telegram was a Portland Newspaper == their building is the building on the corner of SW 11th & Washington (the northwest corner) which looks it was moved to Portland via time travel from the time of the American revolution.

  4. A couple pretty large buildings a block down at the intersection of MLK and Clay that aren’t around anymore. Anyone know anything about them?

  5. There is another Alt Heidelberg Beer sign like this one still evident on the north wall of the Widmer Brewing company at N Interstate and Russell. Barely there, but still legible. Love these old painted ‘billboards’.

  6. There is also a small Heidelberg sign above Dante’s on Burnside. It is behind an existing billboard.

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