17 thoughts on “SW Alder Street, 1894

  1. i swear the gentleman on the 2nd plank bridge is posing for the camera.

    also, a reminder that the east side was mostly a swamp.

  2. What is the large 7+ story building on the left with an enclosed spiral staircase? Looks like it belongs in modern day Karachi.

  3. I have a laptop but no printer. We can print your passes at fed ex though. No need to lug the computer.

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Jim: the building you noticed is the Dekum Building, still standing at Third and Washington. Igor1882, I’m not sure what that building on the east side to the right is, but the asylum had moved to Salem about ten years before and its building was only about two stories with a central tower.

  5. Great shot the original wooden truss Morrison Street Bridge which was the very first bridge built across the Willamette in Portland in 1887. I’m sure most people reading VP already know it but for those who might not, more often when we talk of the “old Morrison Bridge” we’re thinking of the 1905 steel truss structure the preceded the current bridge and is seen in many of the photos on this site. The bridge in the photo above is, however, the original bridge.

  6. Ken and igor1882, I think that the building on the east side is the back side of the Brown Hotel/Apartments that stood at SE Grand and Hawthorne. It was supposedly the first buiidng on the east side to have an elevator and would have been brand new about the time of the flood.

  7. Building identification time (or at least as many as I can identify).

    From left to right facing 4th:
    The Washington Block, the Louvre Restaurant, and the Belvedere Hotel
    L to R facing 3rd (away from us):
    Dekum Building (extant), Hamilton Building (extant), Masonic Hall.

    The building with the clock tower on 1st was the Oddfellow’s Hall. It is facing away from us. To the right of it on the other side of the street, the building with the contrasting brickwork is the E.S.K. Building. Behind that on Front is the Esmond Hotel.

    The building with the corner dome on the corner of 1st and Morrison is the C.E. Smith Building, next to it on Morrison is the S.E. Smith Building, then the St. Charles Hotel and finally across Front is the Jennings Bros Furniture Mfg. Building.

    Does anybody know what the Richardsonian Romanesque building on 4th with the multiple arched windows and central peak is?

  8. Speaking of the Esmond Hotel, I found a copy of the Morning Oregonian dated April 30, 1916 that reported on its upcoming demolition. From the copy:

    “Within a short period there will be nothing visible left of Portland’s historic and famous hostlery, the Esmond Hotel. Bids are being received by the Meier & Frank company for the tearing down of the building for its salvage, and with its demolition will pass into oblivion another land-mark of Portland’s earlier days. Under its roof, President Hayes and U.S. Grant have slept. All of the notables of the country who passed through Portland in its early days, have been entertained there.

    The Esmond Hotel was erected in 1879 by Samuel Coulter and C.P. Church and furnished according to the reports of those days, “regardless of expense.” Evidence that a great deal of costly material has been use in the equipment of the hotel was shown in the recent sale of some of its furniture. Many of the pieces were found to be solid mahogany, the cost of which would be extravagant for hotel furnishings of this day.

    On the site of the hotel is to be erected a modern concrete and brick constructed building to be fitted up with a view to the convenience and needs of the ship-chandlery business and marine men.”

    The paper also carried a photo of the hotel and a copy can be viewed here.

    Some of the other stories are quite interesting and informative of the times as well.

  9. Jim, the building you asked about at the end of your informative post was the Blumauer – Frank Drug Company, built before 1892 by John Fremont Wilson (benefactor of the Library Association). Larry Clark posted a good close-up of it in the “General Retail and Commercial” photo album at Portland History and Memories.

  10. The Mulkey Building is at the Northeast corner of 2nd and Morrison. So, to the right of the “DRUGS” sign, then to the right of the E. S. K. Building but up on 2nd. It was a 3 story brick, 14 windows across the face. Built in 1885. Torn down 1953. Built by Marion F. Mulkey, first District Attorney of Portland. He was the father of Senator Frederick W. Mulkey.

  11. The light-colored sections on the east side above and to the right of the bridge are likely open ground/fields belonging to the Ladd Estate. Prior to Ladd’s Addition.

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