NW 13th & Lovejoy, 1930

Although labeled NW 12th Avenue, this is actually NW 13th Avenue at Lovejoy looking south. Industrial Northwest Portland was in the business of freight, storage and other heavy industry; paved streets and sidewalks could always come later.

A2009-009.1724 NW 12th & Lovejoy 1930(City of Portland Archives)

14 thoughts on “NW 13th & Lovejoy, 1930

  1. The background haze that is in this picture and many others reminds me of pictures of other US & English industrial cites of the late 19th-early 20th century. Portland had an air quality problem long before the popularity of the automobile. Great picture, you can almost feel the grittiness

  2. I see a few sidewalks, however, 80+ years later there are STILL no paved streets or sidewalks in a lot of places in town! smh………

  3. I remember as a child a lot of the streets in this area being brick. It looks like this is the case for the 13th Ave here. And on the right a block or so down it looks like the same building is still there. Other than that it doesnt even look the same. Not even close to how it looked in the 60’s and 70’s

  4. They used to store the cobblestones that had been removed from streets (assuming in the Pearl) in the back corner of Chimney Park. Very tempting to snag a few for parking strip pavers.

  5. re: Dave Brunker

    First Presbyterian Church (center background) is still standing at the corner of SW 12th and Alder.

    What makes that hard to tell from the google street view is the gleaming 20-story high-rise that was built in 2009 at 1221-1237 SW Washington Street!

  6. Are we sure this isn’t 14th and Kearney? This earlier VP post shows a very similar dual steep-roofed warehouse in the upper right corner next to a large multistory warehouse. The reason I ask is because we should be seeing the Lovejoy viaduct that stretched from 14th to the Broadway Bridge.

    It’s also possible that this picture predates the viaduct.

  7. I think Jim’s right. I worked at 17th & Kearney in the 60’s and recognize the buildings that he’s describing as being across Kearney from Coast to Coast Hardware’s warehouse.

  8. Sanborn Maps of Portland (1908 vol 1, sheets 44-45) are more consistent with the 13th & Lovejoy identification than the 14th & Kearney one. The maps of 13th & Lovejoy show the rail lines and spurs; the two buildings with the peak roofs on the right; the large warehouse on the left.

    Neither the rail-lines nor the warehouse on the left appear to match what the maps show for 14th & Kearney. The maps also show a residence at what would be the corresponding location to the large warehouse on the left.

    With that said, 22 years can make a large difference. Witness the transformation of this same neighborhood over the last two decades.

  9. this is near that spot in the film Drugstore Cowboy where the dog runs away and the policeman follows it to the protagonist’s lodging!

  10. While the building in Jim’s link looks very similar to the above, I don’t think it is the same and I agree that this is 13th and not 14th. The one deciding issue for me is the spire on First Presbyterian which, via Google Earth, (or any map really) can be seen to lines up directly down NW13th Ave., matching the photo above, but it clearly does not line up with NW 14th Ave.

    Also, if you look closely at the details of the buildings there are some discrepancies with door/window placement (door and/or window towards the south end of the building above, and a door towards the north end of the building on 14th don’t agree).

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