Downtown Portland, circa 1965

An aerial view of downtown Portland, circa 1965. The Journal Building, Morrison Bridge, Burnside Bridge, Broadway Bridge, Steel Bridge, Memorial Coliseum, City Hall, Hotel Lennox, and the Boilermakers Union are all visible.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2010-002.118

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2010-002.118


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12 thoughts on “Downtown Portland, circa 1965

  1. Next to the Boilermakers is the Portland Labor Temple — AFL-CIO. Meeting rooms and union offices as well as a good size auditorium. The Northwest Labor Press has some photos when it was torn down.

  2. I believe the Chevrolet billboard is advertising a “64 model–which might make this more like late 1963.

  3. Who was responsible for misdating so many photos ? Yes, the billboard shows a 1964 Chevrolet Impala hardtop. A search for 1964 Chevrolet billboards will show it much better. This photo should be dated 1963 – 1964.

  4. At the curve of the on-ramp to the Hawthorne bridge, you can see the Smith & Watson building. Some of its cast-iron remnants grace Ankeny Plaza. You can see the triple-arched pieces visible in this photo are at the West end of the Plaza. Pilasters from the 1st street facade are at the East end.

  5. It is also interesting to see downtown before Tom McCall Waterfront park went in along the waterfront in 1974.

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  7. If you focus in on the AFL building you can see a poster reading ” Newspaper Strike and then below that Strike breakers “

  8. One “union” building not mentioned in the photo, we can see the back of the imperiled Ancient Order of United Workmen’s Temple at 2nd and Taylor.

  9. Also, to the right of the plume of smoke at the mid-lower right of the photo, we can see a sliver of the Columbia street elevation of the demolished Ladd Block.

  10. Just to left of this frame was the then almost new Equitable Insurance Building I believe. And this very year of 1965 a high school friend and I took the elevator up to the top floor. Which was not yet built out and walked around and shot the city from all directions.
    Of course I’ve no idea where exactly those old 2 1/4 Hasselblad E4 transparencies are. Okay. A file cabinet. But which one? And in which building… Oh well.

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