15 thoughts on “Morrison Bridge, 1963

  1. I started exploring downtown around 1963. This is exactly how I remember the bridge with the unfinished entrances from I-5. I think the freeway was still under construction at the time. Especially through N. Portland. The Hilton was Portland’s new tallest skyscraper.

  2. 1963 was a great time to explore Portland, there was still large amounts of the 19th century city still standing, The Hilton is a great example of 60’s modern, it is a beautiful building, too bad it has been painted rather than leaving the concrete exposed as the Architects had intended.

  3. Lots of great little book stores & second-hand stores downtown. The Standard Plaza was built about the same time as the Hilton. The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill had an office there. They had designed both buildings. They were very welcoming to me (I was 13) & would show me what they were designing. They had a mock up of downtown with all of the buildings. Fun times.

  4. I presume that the view was of the West from the Burnside Bridge so that they wouldn’t have to explain why Mount Hood was missing from the East view from the Bridge?

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  5. I think that the Banfield just ended here in 1964 and you got a ramp to the Morrison Bridge to go into City Center. It was quite a sight of downtown at night as you drove south parallel to the river before getting the ramp to go east on the bridge,

  6. Yeah. I know that construction was taking place on I-5 at the same time but it would still be another 3 years before the Marquam Bridge was completed. I mostly remember the construction of the “Minnesota Freeway” through N. Portland. Lots of housing was leveled to make way for that construction.

  7. You could go over this photograph and note a hundred things that have changed. Standard Insurance was at Park and Washington then. The Oregon Bank. J.K. Gill. Those nice green hills have been spattered with more houses.

  8. I remember one of the power company buildings had a beacon that was a different color depending on what the weather was doing or gonna do.

  9. Dave Johnson, that was on the Standard Insurance building, and you can see it right in the middle of this picture, just above the “Standard Insurance” sign. You have to enlarge the picture to see it. It was in the shape of a cylinder. When the company built its own building, the Standard Plaza building, it replaced it, this time as a ball, and although Standard moved on to the old Georgia Pacific building, the weather forecast beacon is still there. White = colder; green = same temperature; red = warmer. Steady = no precipitation, blinking = precipitation.

  10. Chuck, you are so right about Standard Plaza and the Hilton both being designed by SOM. In the 70s SOM moved their offices to the Georgia Pacific Building which they also designed. I was fortunate to do a short stint as an intern Architect there. That was really a great introduction to corporate business and corporate architecture. Rows of identical perfectly aligned desks, everyone wore a white shirt and a dark tie.
    The grunts (which I was one of ) worked through the night to reach deadlines. (this is before computer aided drafting). No radios allowed just put your head down and draw. I’ll never forget one night around 1:30 AM, everyone is trying to focus and grind and all of a sudden some guy sick of the boredom, jumps up on a desk and starts jumping from desk to desk acting like a chimpanzee! Hilarious!

  11. That must’ve been a great job, Craig. SOM designed a lot of Portland’s taller buildings back in the 60s & 70s. I know I would’ve liked to work there.

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