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.
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.
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!
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.