11 thoughts on “NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 37th Avenue, 1936

  1. “Bigger Top Notch Will Open Today

    Formal opening of the new Yaw’s Top Notch, Northeast Forty-second avenue and Hancock street, has been scheduled for today. Work on the new structure has been underway during the past 5 months and cost of the building, property and equipment is said to approximate $60,000.

    The opening of Yaw’s Top Notch will be one of the high lights of the first annual open house for the Hollywood district, to be held Saturday also, at which time every merchant in this section will hold open house. Many special features and surprises have been arranged for visitors.

    Ten years ago next month, Yaw’s Top Notch was opened with a seating capacity of 14. It has been enlarged 5 times.”
    Oregonian, Saturday June 6th, 1936, page 6

    Really nice photo. What a great look at Hollywood. In this picture, you can see the building from Yaw’s first location still standing at 1819 NE 41st.

    The new Yaw’s is located at the NE corner of 42nd and Hancock. In this picture, you see the house that will be demolished or moved to make way for the new Yaw’s. According to this article, construction started in January of 1936.

    The link below shows a picture of Yaw’s first location and great photos of Yaw’s.

    http://www.pdxhistory.com/html/yaw_s_top_notch.html
    You will find a picture of the completed building at this link, with an opening date of June 6, 1936. Address is 1901 NE 42nd Ave.

    It is hard not to think of Fred Meyer when looking at this great photo.
    It was reported later in July of 1936, Fred Meyer leased the land under the old Yaw’s. Today it might be a parking lot. In July, Fred Meyer announced plans for a “Roof Parking Plan” for the Hollywood location, “brings to Portland a new era in retail store architecture”, “by permitting them to drive right onto the building and enter the store without crossing streets.”

  2. Re the industrial-looking bldg. on the site now occupied by “Orchard” and formerly by “Hollywood Bowl:” As of 1936 and onward until 1960 this was the home of Drake Lumber Yards; stacks of lumber can be seen in the photo east of the main structure adjacent to NE 42nd. In 1960 this business was bought out by King Building Supply, which ran building materials businesses elsewhere in the Portland area. In 1961-62 King sold this site to local developers who built the “Timber Lanes” bowling alley in 1962-63, predecessor of “Hollywood Bowl.” At some point in the 1940s or 1950s (or maybe earlier) another local lumber company (JW Copeland) built a lumber supply outlet on the east side of NE 42nd and Halsey next door to Drake-King (seen as a vacant property in this 1936 photo). Or maybe Copeland built its Hollywood store on the west side of NE 42nd on a parcel subdivided and sold by Drake?

    Another curiosity: In the upper right quadrant of the photo at the very top of the frame, there is a faint image of the former Frazer Juvenile Detention Home and its grounds, including an orchard, which was tended by juvenile detainees as some sort of occupational therapy. The Frazer Home (first erected in 1913) was demolished in about 1951 and replaced by the present-day Donald Long Juvenile Justice Center located further east off of NE Halsey. The old Frazer Home site in this photo is now Frazer Park. Just to the south of the Frazer Home property in the far upper right section of the photo one can see the dead-end street where I grew up in the 1940s-1950s, NE Pacific.

  3. I worked at Yaws in the early 70’s in the drive in and I can honestly say it was the best place I ever worked in my life. I was even head night cook in the drive in for over a year. They treated their employees well, almost like family. They paid you well, had free medical insurance, they laundered your work clothes, had nice locker room with lockable lockers and tile showers so you could clean up after work, paid vacations and all the food you could eat on the days you worked(only had buy food for 2 days a week). I don’t think body many people can say they work at a place like that unless you are in the upper 20%. The medical was real good because I had an operation and spent 3 days in the hospital and it cost me $25.00, which was about 11hrs pay..

  4. I especially like pictures of this area before the overhead was built and Sandy had a grade crossing with the RR The RR was altered to go under the newly built overpass by leveling the eastbound grade from 33rd to 47th before resuming it’s accent.

  5. interesting to note that 39th (now Ceaser Chavez) did not go through to Hollywood from the south. In Laurelhurst, 39th must just have been this grand 4-lane boulevard to nowhere.

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