Union Block, 1955

The once-impressive Union Block covered the full block between SW 1st and 2nd Avenues, Stark and Oak Streets. Built in stages between 1879 and 1881, the building featured fine cast-iron pieces from Willamette Iron Works. It was demolished in 1955. This view is northeast across SW 2nd and Stark.

union block 9806 1955(University of Oregon Libraries)

14 thoughts on “Union Block, 1955

  1. An earlier VP post shows much more of the building on the SE corner of the block. Does anyone know what it was called? I know the original Sherlock Building was on the NW corner. Did it cover a half block?

  2. For some reason, I can’t attach a link. To view the earlier post, just type “Bishop’s House” into the VP search field on the home page.

  3. Jim’s right, comments that are posted with URLs just vanish.

    Street View:
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    The building that’s there now is called Robert Duncan Plaza and it was finished in 1991

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    Here’s another view of the Union Block from 1954 that also includes the Ladd & Tilton Bank Building that was torn down to yes, put up a parking lot.

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    If you look at the Union Block picture in today’s post, on the right side, below the center is a barely visible white structure. It isn’t the Journal/Public Market building and it looks like it’s in the area of Harbor Drive. Is it a ship?

  4. I was a bottle digger in Portland during the 70’s and 80’s! The cistern and privy diggin’ under those old beaties was amazing! I’ve still got a lot of them in my collection. Most of them are from the 1860’s thru the 1890″ and all hand blown and tooled!

  5. first thing I though when I looked to the right was “that looks like the public market building”. looking at this building in the photo reminded me of the former Perkins Hotel at 5th/Washington nearby.
    did you notice how all the new buildings in downtown built over the past 50 years have obscured our view of the hills to the west? (from a place such as the top of Morrison Bridge). it makes Portland llook a little less bucolic,

  6. mstaragrieb — I would guess that it’s categorized as 1870’s because the building dates from that decade. (You typed 1970’s, but the date listed in VP’s categories is 1870’s.)

  7. I was thinking that, but I did not see this as a common thing, there was another with the same sort of miscategorization in the 1850’s category as well, or seemingly. You are right, I fat fingered, I mean 1870’s.

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