Union Block, Part 2, 1955

Yesterday’s post showed the intact Union Block in 1955 shortly before its demolition. Today’s photo is the same corner, SW 2nd and Stark, during demolition. Not much remains of the staid old building. Here a pedestrian walks past the cast-iron-fronted corner entrance.

union block 9797 1955(University of Oregon Libraries)

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)

Arch of Welcome, Part 2, 1920

Yesterday’s newspaper image of the Arch of Welcome at SW 6th and Alder brought this similar photo from VP fan Bud Holland. “This morning’s VP post solved a real mystery for me!!! I’ve had the attached photo for years, knew it was from Portland, but was never quite able to verify the ‘what’ and ‘why.'” Bud’s photo shows a little more of the surrounding area, including the extant Selling building on the left and the long-gone Oregonian building on the northwest corner. Thanks again, Bud!

gateway arch bud 1920(Bud Holland)

Arch of Welcome, 1920

This elaborate Arch of Welcome was constructed in the intersection of SW 6th and Alder for the Imperial Session of Shriners in 1920. At that event, members unanimously passed a resolution to establish the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children system. This view is to the north; the top of the Wells-Fargo building can be seen in the distance over the arch.

gateway arch 1920(The Oregonian, from University of Oregon Libraries)

NE 20th & Sandy, 1965

It seems as if some areas stubbornly refuse to change over the decades. NE 20th Avenue north from Sandy Blvd. is one of those places. That giant Jantzen billboard is gone but the fine old Jantzen building a block up at Glisan is still there.

A2005-001.944 NE 20th north from Sandy 1965(City of Portland Archives)

SW Morrison & 1st, 1965

The low-rise parking lot on the southwest corner of SW Morrison & 1st Avenue is just being constructed in this 1965 photo. We’re looking south through the intersection with the old Riverside West (now Hotel Fifty) on the east side of 1st.

A2005-001.452  SW Morrison St and 1st Ave looking south 1965(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & N Broadway, 1933

Automobile shops ruled the corner of West Burnside at Broadway in 1933. In fact automobiles were big business up and down Burnside at this time. This building is on the northwest corner; you can see a few trees in the North Park Blocks to the left.

W Burnside and N Broadway 1933(City of Portland Archives)