Pre-Stadium Freeway Aerial, 1964

A fantastic view of Southwest and Northwest Portland showing the route of the future Stadium Freeway. A block-wide swath between SW 13th and 14th would be leveled and excavated, and another swath between 15th and 16th in Northwest Portland would eventually fall on the path to the future Fremont Bridge.

A2005-001.616  Stadium Freeway future northbound route looking northwest 1964(City of Portland Archives)

12 thoughts on “Pre-Stadium Freeway Aerial, 1964

  1. Great picture. Were there any other pictures taken on this aerial flight? Would love to seem them.

  2. There is a really cool bldg that is no longer around at about Davis between 14th and 15th. In the photo, it is corner to corner across the block with a rounded front and cars in the back.

    I would like to know what this bldg was as it would have been knocked down when the freeway was built.

  3. Found another pic of the bldg I am asking about. Cener of pic. 3 point bldg with rounded ends. A car dealership??

  4. Jared, according to Portland Sanford map, 1908-Dec.+1950+vol.+1,+1908-Apr.+1950,+Sheet+65 this was a combination service station/auto and truck repair business, with a steam cleaning and car wash facility. There was even a full basement in the place to park cars.

  5. Ahhhh…The Forestry Building…now THAT was one big log cabin! Glad I had the chance to see it before it was so sadly destroyed. They said that it was because of some vintage 1905 electrical wiring. The heat was so intense from the fire that windows on the whole south side of the Montgomery Wards building were popping out…glass was all over the place! The smoke could be seen for miles. What a loss.

    Oh…Edmund…thanks for the info regarding that building on 15th & NW Davis. It was driving me crazy!

  6. My pleasure Jim. I also feel fortunate that I was able to see the old Forestry building before it burned. It was almost like a cathedral inside. Such a loss.

  7. Yes, those of you who got to see the old forestry building in person were very lucky. Unfortunately it burned before I was born but as a child I was always fascinated by photos of it. It’s hard to imagine just how massive it was, and how massive the fire that destroyed it must likewise have been.

    Speaking of the intense heat as Jim K mentions, I wonder how those buildings across the street managed to survive, including the old house just across Upshur that is still there and can be seen in some photos of the L&C Exposition. It must have taken some firefighting work to keep them intact.

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