11 thoughts on “SW Jefferson Street, 1948

  1. The Leaky Roof restaurant is at 1538 SW Jefferson. I wonder if the empty parking lot across the street (viewable on Google Earth) is the site of today’s photo?

  2. I am guessing that this is the site of the KGW complex. Apparently the Goose Hollow Inn moved westward about three blocks. I love pictures from this time period. Close to the year of my birth. Brings home the fact that changes in my own lifetime are incredible.

  3. Building going up the hill is still there at 1515 SW Jefferson, it’s called Jefferson Plaza. Still intact and it looks awesome.

  4. I’m wondering if the photo above was taken in connection with a story that appeared in The Oregonian on Jan. 8, 1948. It was brief, but said that the building housing the Goose Hollow Inn had been condemned. It said the building was a fire hazard, had a rotting foundation, defective wiring and other problems. It was apparently 67 years old at the time, meaning it would have been built around 1889.

  5. In searching other photos on Vintage Portland with the term “Goose Hollow,” I found this aerial from 1932. If you blow it up, you can spot this building in the lower left hand corner. https://tinyurl.com/y7u9op53 There’s another photo from 1951 and it shows that the building has been demolished.

  6. Robert G: that’s right, the garage to the left is the same building.

    It’s fascinating to me as a regular patron of the current Goose Hollow Inn that there had been a place with the same name up the street before Bud opened the current one in 1967 (https://www.goosehollowinn.com/about). Maybe that original Goose Hollow Inn had rooms! 🙂

    You can see the building in two aerial views from 1932 and 1947…


    But by 1951, it’s gone…


    Also, on the leftmost building (the white one) in the window reflection I can make out a sign (my guesses for missing letters in brackets)


  7. This entire block had been owned since Portland’s founding by W.W. Chapman, who rented land in its lowlands to Chinese gardeners in the 1860s, sold land to Jacob Kamm to build his house in 1871, to Judge H.H. Northup to build his house (which incorporated an old cedar barn of Chapman’s) in the late 1870s. Chapman continued residing nearby, at 505 (later 1515) Jefferson where he died in 1892.

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