SE Clay Street, 1929

A number man standing outside an apartment building on SE Clay Street and SE Union Avenue (SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), 1929.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.2432

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.2432


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18 thoughts on “SE Clay Street, 1929

  1. Delicious wood architectural adornments. Buildings were playful then. The skill of the woodworker to imagine..then turn these fanciful bits with lathe and saw. So fun!

    I note there is something missing from the fire escape. A ladder to the ground.

  2. Looking at the 1937 entry (posted in 2013), I’m surprised to see NO comments. I don’t recall seeing VP entries without comments before.

  3. What an unusual building. I don’t think I’ve seen any other example of an architect using wood to mimic the prevailing cast iron elements on brick and masonry structures of the time.

  4. Has there ever been a photo of Eastmoreland locations and/or Council Crest, especially what was an amusement park of some sort up there, I understand?

  5. Well, there’s are favorite number man again. He’s been in so many photos. Anyone know his name or history?

  6. I love this photo. Dave A.— I tried doing research on number man to no avail. Think he was a simple civil servant for the surveyors office.

  7. This was the City View Hotel, located on the NW corner of the intersection at 293 and 203 1/2 Union (post street-renaming: 1531 and 1533 SE Union). The first mention of the hotel in the Oregonian archives was in 1892, and the last mention was in 1927, when someone was looking to sell the lease and the furniture. The last reference I could find to one of the addresses occurred in an obituary in 1937. By 1946, the building had been demolished and replaced by an auto service shop.

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