Broadway Building, 1914

The new Broadway Building on the northwest corner of SW Broadway and Morrison Street was highlighted in this full-page feature in The Oregonian, January 1, 1914. It’s now called the Pioneer Building. The “Gray’s” seen on the corner sign and in the windows refers to the former R.M. Gray men’s furnishings store from yesterday’s post, having moved here after completion of the building.

broadway building 1914(The Oregonian, from University of Oregon Libraries)

16 thoughts on “Broadway Building, 1914

  1. awesome. I worked in this building when Photocraft was there. I worked mainly in the basement doing the shipping. Getting stuff up and down those stairs was not fun, but I enjoyed being in that building. Except when I had to hose the stairs off every morning after the previous nights drunken stairwell pissings.

  2. wait, actually the building I worked at was at Stark and 4th, which is the Pioneer building. Why is this one listed as the Pioneer Building? Are there two?

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  6. Yes, Jayme, there are brain-dead remarks. Most of those are left by spammers who sell something. It really detracts from great sites like Vintage Portland.

    BTW, Rolla Gray and his son Ron were great tailors. I bought many a suit there. So did my father and brothers. In fact, my dad and Ron were friends.

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  8. I found this site by searching “Rolla Gray and Son” which is the label is a very nice vintage men’s overcoat that I found in a thrift shop. I’m curious if anyone knows more about this company.

  9. George, if you have a library card for the Multnomah County Library you can search the past Oregonian issues. Two good articles concerning Rolla M. Gray appeared in the January 29, 1967 and October 10, 1977 issues.

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