NW Glisan Street, 1950

Crew on Truck 3, a 1950 American LaFrance, leaving Station 3 at 1425 NW Glisan Street, 1950. This structure, currently Touché Restaurant, is slated to be demolished to make way for a multi-unit apartment complex.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, Crew on Truck 3 (1950 American LaFrance) leaving the station, 1950, A2001-083

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, Crew on Truck 3 (1950 American LaFrance) leaving the station, 1950, A2001-083


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14 thoughts on “NW Glisan Street, 1950

  1. I went to eat there after first seeing the building featured here on VP.
    It quickly became my favorite restaurant in Portland.
    The city needs to remember that it’s places like this that give the city character. If you tear them all down just to make more high occupancy boxes then you loose personality of the neighborhood and there is little reason to live there, short of a small/basic roof over your head.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful historic image. The Fire House deserves historic merit and protection and be on the National Register of Historic Places. The fact that previous owners did not seek such designation does not make it any less significant or meritorious.

    The Fire Station is viewed by thousands of people each day on foot, biking and in cars as they enter and leave the Pearl District And Central City.

    The developer should incorporate the Fire Station as part of their plans.

    They could develop around – and/or over and around if need be. It would make their redevelopment that much more valuable to incorporate street level retail which they may be required to provide pursuant to the zoning code for the Central City Plan.

    And finally, the owner consent state law needs to be changed or overturned to give cities the opportunity to hold public hearings to consider local historic landmark designation and nomination to the NRHP. Current state in effect since 1996 ties the city’s hands unfairly to the determent of its citizenry based on the lobby efforts of a property rights organization. This change is long overdue.


    Bob Clay


    Bob Clay – Sent from my iPhone


  3. Pearl developers need to remember that one of the main reasons the Pearl became so popular in the first place was because of the preservation and re-purposing of historic properties.

  4. we can’t save everything, but the loss of buildings like this to a developer that makes everything look like encino is gonna seriously erode the charm this city once had.

    we need density, but we don’t HAVE to have generic density.

    the developer has proposed rebuilding the facade, but architects and preservationists are divided on whether that just makes things worse – a fake, disney-like history on an incongruous backdrop.

    we moved here, in part, due to the mix of old and new… and what we thought was a city committed to having BOTH.

  5. As a native I see this and am continually exhausted. Having lived downtown during college back in the early 1990’s, now when I am in the area I can’t find half the apartment buildings myself or friends lived in over there. The Pearl, however, I don’t get all freaked out about anymore as frankly, those who’ve lived here long enough remember when you just *didn’t* cross Burnside (besides to go to Powell’s, or further down, Jazz de Opus). Change is part of living in a city as we all know, and Portland today is nothing near Portland, 10, 20, or 50 years ago. It will always look different – and it will probably always still be better than most cities even with that.

    Contact lawmakers and get your friends and families to do the same. And be very very educated as to who’s for real and who’s blowing smoke when you vote this May and November 🙂

  6. Big out of state money is eating Portland’s history alive. Seeing more historic buildings go down makes my heart sick. It’s like the fifties and sixties all over again- growth blinded by greed, without consideration for the future or for the irreplaceable intrinsic value of our most colorful places. Places that make us proud to say we’re Portlanders. Almost makes me want to move after having roots here for over a hundred and fourty years. Sad, sad, sad. Where’s Tom Mcall when we need him?

  7. It’s sad to see the Firehouse up for demolition. I lived over around 19th & Irving back in the late 60’s-early 70’s…lots of wonderful older apartment buildings, lots of character and charm and just close enough to downtown, but without all the traffic and congestion. So sad to see the area today…while some older apartment buildings have survived, they’re slowly being replaced with freshmen-architectural cement box designs.

    Hmmm…maybe they should tear down that old courthouse building, down on 5th & Morrison, and construct an apartment complex on the same site. After all, it’s “just a building”…right? Yeah…just think how much money one could generate from a big tower of Lego-style cement block apartments from THAT location!

    Yeah…the “charm” of the city is slowly fading away…progress and lack of interest, especially from outside investors and developers.
    I’m not sayin’ that we should save every building just because it’s old, but I would suggest that we provide an opportunity for some to remain without all the red-tape nonsense, and help maintain the character and charm that IS…or once WAS, Portland.

  8. it must live on forever this building must ! dont tear it down its portland history look at the bricks clinker brick !!! nice building look in great shape !

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