Westside Waterfront, 1941

Perhaps it was a big shopping event that drew all the cars to the Portland Public Market on the westside waterfront in 1941. Wholesale destruction of Portland’s cast-iron buildings in the nearby area had not begun by this time but the coming decades would provide even more parking as many of the old buildings along Front and 1st Avenue fell to the wreckers.

A2004-002.1610 Aerial view from Hawthorne Bridge Public Market 1941(City of Portland Archives)

5 thoughts on “Westside Waterfront, 1941

  1. This is a wonderful picture with so much stuff to look at. The best find for me is the Union Station tower.

  2. If you squint real hard, you can almost make out the golden cow in the turret of the Perkins Hotel.

  3. They must have climbed up onto the highest beams of the bridge to get this kind of view. Kind of pointless to show the current view from the deck of the hawthorne bridge, but here it is anyway…http://goo.gl/maps/RGtOF

  4. Great photo and angle. I didn’t realize how large the Market building was, it stretches for blocks. It appears also that much of the building (foreground part) was a parking garage? If so, at least they incorporated it into the design so it didn’t stick out on its own. Would have loved to wander through the market back in the day!

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