12 thoughts on “NE 41st Avenue, 1932

  1. mmmh, makes you wonder. The classic archway entrance is gone and remodeled. Did some vehicle perhaps miss the turn and tragically take it out? Note the barrier posts in front now.

  2. The commercial development shown here is still a thriving concern at the intersection of NE 41st and Fremont. It’s anchored on the east end (NE 42nd) by Beaumont Market and on the west by Gazelle’s dress shop (the spot formerly occupied by various pharmacies). The whole complex was or maybe still is known as “Dutch Village” due its quaint architecture. I read somewhere that it was built some time in the early 1920s, owing no doubt to its proximity to the trolley spur line that once ran along East 42nd and East 41st off of the Sandy streetcar line. Jamieson’s pharmacy was a Seattle-based drug store chain that moved into the Portland market in 1930. Pharmacies under various ownerships occupied this corner spot well into the 1970s or 1980s.

  3. Notice that the sidewalk/curb jog allowing angled parking along the pharmacy frontage. This was pretty rare in this area, and the curb jog still exists today. That’s an odd street pattern for this neighborhood. Perhaps the owner of the building had some say in the curb patterns to allow more parking in front of their establishment. Interesting how parking was that important in 1932 – and is even more so today.

  4. What a difference 83 years of tree growth makes! This view down 41st today is framed by towering maples and Chinese elms. Unfortunately, much of our mature tree cover in Portland today is being lost in the mad rush to tear down old homes and replace with large monster houses or smaller “skinny” ones. Yes, there is a new tree ordinance but a builder can easily afford a $1200 fine when the new house can sell upwards of million $$$ (or more). Also, on this block in the view, the City didn’t help anything by chopping down a good-sized maple tree to put in a bioswale. It seems we had to destroy the environment in order to save it.

  5. Speaking of trees, Portland hasn’t had a good 2 to 3 day ice storm in over 30 years now and there are a lot more and bigger trees. If we get a big ones like we used too this city will be in for a world of hurt. I have pictures of me making breakfast for my neighbors under my carport on my coleman stove, with everybody all bundled up sitting in lawn chairs. The power was out for 3 days for me and longer for other parts of the city. This was less than a block away from the Hollywood West FM store.

  6. For taking “now” pictures, some of the trees REALLY are a problem. A 3 story, wonderful home, is completely covered by a 3 story, wonderful evergreen. A wasted picture. When people plant trees, stop and think about 20 years from now.

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