NE Union & Graham, 1929

This old building on the northwest corner of NE Union at Graham Street had quite a distinctive look. The photographer managed to capture a few of the neighborhood denizens, including the two children watching from the second floor window.

A2009-009.1039 NE Union & Graham 1929(City of Portland Archives)

13 thoughts on “NE Union & Graham, 1929

  1. Amazingly, it looks like the building, though heavily remodeled, still exists. Portlandmaps has 2766 NE MLK listed as built in 1911. It looks like a third floor was added and the covered balconies became open balconies.

  2. i love this pic! particularly for those kids. we have a copy up at my work. never knew it’s location, glad to know now. this is definitely one those snaps that I feel like I could just walk into as easily as crossing the street…

  3. Also, looking at Google Earth, the NW corner was vacant until about 2007 when the current building on that corner was built.

  4. I stand corrected. Thank you, Brian.

    On an unrelated note, judging by the liberal use of downvotes, it looks like someone is in a foul mood this morning. I hope your day gets better.

  5. The building has a lot more detail trim work than would usually be on a building of this type, even some stained glass.

  6. From what I can tell, this building disappeared between 1930 and 1933, so it probably was lost to the Union Avenue street widening.

  7. I can’t find anything listed as having stood on this corner until the Graham Street Lofts were built, though – it’s not possible that it sat empty for 75 years, is it?

  8. heddalee,

    Portland’s first 4 story building, The downtown Labbe Block on SW Second and Washington was torn down in 1933 and the site has been a parking lot ever since; so yes it’s not out of the realm of the experience that this lot also saw little to no development for 75 years. It’s a story that’s been repeated ad nauseum across the city.

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