9 thoughts on “SW Front Avenue, circa 1886

  1. If you go to efiles and download the photo and then edit it to change the tint you can really see the huge bunch of wires there.

  2. I work at Fire Station 1 and am constantly amazed at how much this area has changed.

  3. These photos of Portland’s historical cast iron districts are always my favorites. The first building on the left is the Lewis & Flanders Block, then the attached Ankeny Block with it’s identical iron work, followed by the Bank of British Columbia.

    On the right the foreground building is the Oregon Steam Navigation Co. block (later home to Beebe & Co.). This is followed by the Central Block with it’s distinctive turret, the Ankeny & Watson Block, then Cooks’ Building. The empty area with the crates on the sidewalk is the future site of the 1888 Dodd Block (although this photo may document the very beginning of its construction which commenced in 1886). The last building I can identify in this photo is the Allen & Lewis Block which is the last building on the East side of the street in this photo.

    Searching this site for any of the names listed above will give you other perspectives on these buildings.

    Thanks PARC.

  4. RE: Craig Osbeck –

    Yeah, these photos are the next best thing history buffs have to time travel…

  5. Splendid, and yet sad, to see how we have so radically altered (destroyed) the great architectural heritage of Fair Portland, replacing it with some of the ugliest modern stacks of brick and plastic known to the present world. Of course, we do have a reasonably functional plant-infused park to replace our monuments. We are constantly reminded that “You can’t go home again.” But it is gratifying that, at least, we can see and remember.

  6. Notice that the Dodd Block on the east side of Front is not yet in place where the freight is stacked up in the right middle ground. And just beyond that is where the Burnside Bridge would cut through in the early 1920s.

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