NE 22nd Avenue, circa 1950

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Archives.

This view of the Louise House, on the Albertina Kerr campus, dates from circa 1950. It is located at NE and NE Sandy Boulevard and comes from the Juvenile Services Commission records.


The Louise House, on the Albertina Kerr campus, circa 1950

The Louise House, on the Albertina Kerr campus, circa 1950


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14 thoughts on “NE 22nd Avenue, circa 1950

  1. I live near NE 20th and Sandy. I’ve never seen this building behind the Albertina Kerr sign. So, I googled Louise House Albertina Kerr and found this info: The Louise Home, Hospital and Residence Hall at 722 Northeast 162nd Avenue in Gresham, Oregon, United States, is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The campus continues in its historic use as a facility for delivery of social services to children and families.

  2. I think the identification is incorrect. I think this is the back of the old Villa St. Rose convent, now Rosemont Court, in North Portland at 597 N Dekum St.

  3. The reason I said that is that the configuration of the building, the cupola, and the dormer windows on the wing match Villa St. Rose, and do not match the existing Albertina Kerr building.

  4. Thanks to all of the previous posters because I was totally baffled!

    St Rose Industrial school at 597 N Dekum, run by the Sister of the Good Shepherd.

    “This institution for the care and training of wayward, delinquent and incorrigible girls, is also known as St. Rose industrial school. Girls may be committed to the institution by courts throughout the state, or may be placed by parents or lawful guardians through the child welfare commission.”

  5. Very good, This complex is on the South Side of Sandy Boulevard, I lived on the North side on 22nd and Oregon, I will post before and after pictures just as soon as I can

  6. After ready all of the previous comments, I should have read them first LOL. I lived at 816 NE 22nd from 1955 to 1974. Albertina Kerr was on 22nd just South of where Glisan and Sandy converged. I do not know of any other existing “additions”. I used to walk past it every day on my way to and from school. There has been numerous changes to the area since I moved. Mom sold the house but it is still there (the buyer turned it into a rooming house, and it is the ONLY single family residence left in that area. Davidson Bakery (the building) is still there, what was Wilson Sporting Goods Warehouse is there, The old Party-Pak beverage building is there, and Sunshine Dairy is still operating. Times do chance

  7. I lived at Rosemont Court a few years back. Pictured are the older buildings. It is low income apartments now.

  8. It is most definately Villa St. Rose home/school for girls. Down path to the right is where laundry was. We worked there 3 hours a day and did classes until 6 pm m-f. Memories of that place are less than warm. Was there nearly 3 yrs.

  9. In the early 50’s I was a kid living on N. Russet St. where the I-5 Freeway is now
    and remember one Summer day seeing two girls running through our yard like they were running away from something. We later found out that it was two girls from the
    Villa St. Rose home/school for girls who were running away from it. I think they were later caught. Then about 1967 a friend of mine who lived one block away from the school told me about going to the school to hear an all girl rock band playing who he said were very good. There you go > two keep Portland weird memories !

  10. I think this is the place that had an old out building kinda like a small barn with a couple rooms off to one side, completely covered (on the inside) with graffiti. One of the last places people had to paint without offending those who didn’t want to see it. Those were good times.

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