15 thoughts on “N Lombard Street, circa 1909

  1. Great photo, we have owned this building the last 32 years and had only one photo to go by in restoring it. Would have loved to see this 30 years ago. GREAT PHOTO THANKS FOR POSTING THIS.

  2. A really cool photo. Lots of interesting things to see. There is a kid who is sitting on some object (a stool?) to the right of the wagon. Does anyone have any idea what this is about? It seems strange that someone would be sitting in the middle of a sidewalk, but there must be some logical explanation. Thanks in advance.

  3. Does the sign on the right side of the building say “Funeral” ?? Can you tell us what intersection this is located on ?

  4. The photo date of ca. 1909 is most likely correct. Various records show that the St. Johns/University Park real estate development partners Henry G. Sibray and Daniel V. Hart had their main offices in the corner of the building shown in today’s post, 684 Dawson St at the intersection with N. Fiske. At some point in the teens or twenties, Dawson St. in St. Johns-Univ. Park area was renamed Lombard and linked to Lombard St. in Portland proper. Sibray was prominent in real estate development here and in NW Portland from the 1890s onward. Hart was a Multnomah Co. commissioner for one term in the 1910s around the time he fell out with Sibray over some financial malfeasance involving land sales.

  5. I got the worst haircut I have ever had in this building, at the beauty school that was in the western portion in the early 1990s.

  6. Thank you for the information, was told that there was a smoke house on what is now the parking lot for the Butcher that was at the other end of the building. At least that was the story. Just wish now someone had a photo of the old smoke house.

  7. I used to use University Drug as my pharmacy! They were on the left hand corner… Closed after over 100 years.. Sad.

  8. Just a note: St. Johns joined Portland proper in about 1905. After a couple years they decided to go back to St. Johns as a city of its own. If memory serves me right, they rejoined Portland proper again in about 1915. The streets could have been changed then, although in 1933, the WPA was put to work renaming all the streets in Portland to the names they have now with the exception of the changes in the last couple of years (MLK, Rosa Parks, etc.). This where it was determined the baselines and NE, SE, NW, SW titles. This information would be documented in the Board books of Portland Public Schools and probably the City Engineers office. I was the Facilities Statistician for Portland Public Schools from 1977 through 1991. This type of information plus buildintg data collection were part of my daily duties.

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