N Ivanhoe & Chicago, c1932

One could almost imagine tumbleweeds blowing down an old west street but it’s actually the corner of N. Ivanhoe Street and Chicago Avenue in St. Johns. The Star Hotel, a rather rough-looking establishment, fronted on Ivanhoe which goes off to the right in this circa 1932 photo.

A2009-009.2590 Star Hotel N Ivanhoe & Chicago 1932(City of Portland Archives)

NE Union Avenue, 1929

The building just to the right of the two featured yesterday also did not fare well during its street-widening makeover. Today’s look is a far cry from this handsome 1929 facade. At least that little space (a stairway) between buildings is still there.

A2009-009.1808 NE Union between Russell & Knott 1929(City of Portland Archives)

NE Union Ave & Russell, 1929

Today we find our Number Man standing on the west side of NE Union Avenue just north of Russell Street in 1929. The buildings still stand but look a bit different today. I suspect they lost a few feet of their fronts when Union was widened, the reason they were being documented here in the first place.

A2009-009.1034 2611-2629 NE Union 1929(City of Portland Archives)

SW Portland Aerial, c1938

Yesterday’s location at SW Barbur Blvd. & Bancroft Street can be seen in this terrific¬†aerial view from roughly above OHSU looking eastward. The main east-west street below us is Bancroft while Terwilliger and Barbur are the main streets that cross from left to right. The large building near the upper-right is the old Holman Public School. The manufacturing plant along the river sits about where the Old Spaghetti Factory and the South Waterfront district are now.

A2010-001.98 Close-In SW from OHSU facing east c1938(City of Portland Archives)

NW Davis St. & 14th, 1917

A century ago, crossing NW 14th Avenue west on Davis Street would lead you to a row of residential homes and apartments. Today you’d take your life in your hands crossing an off-ramp from I-405 and then a fence would stop you from accessing what’s left of that block.

A2000-003.50 SE corner NW 14th Ave & NW Davis St. 1917(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & 16th

The north side of W. Burnside between 15th and 16th Avenues was a lively hub of commerce in 1917. A newsstand and a barber shop, art, antiques and salvage material, a Saxon automobile dealership, and a garage all shared this block.

A2000-003.34 527 Burnside St  1500 block W Burnside St. 1917(City of Portland Archives)