13 thoughts on “SW Oak Street, 1964

  1. I just saw an updated photo of the microwave tower. I’ve been downtown a million times and I can’t believe I didn’t notice. It’s enormous.

  2. The Building on the corner is a fine example of Meisian Architecture designed in 1957 and completed construction in 1958.

  3. Today’s view:

    Look at all the sidewalk changes: streetlights and fire hydrants have moved, a bike lane added, trans can and bump-outs at the corners, signage and lights on mast arms instead of wires. Is the bubbler new as well?

  4. That 1960 Galaxie in the foreground looks like it’s already had its rocker panel molding torn off by the mean streets of Portland.

  5. Chris: That series 1960 Galaxie did not come with rocker panel moldings. The Portland streets were much better back then than they are now. There were fewer cars on the road.

  6. Doe anyone know what business was in the building on the corner? Having trouble making out the words on the building… Harris Upman & Co? Very hip, mid-century design… Appears to still be there, but its lost some of its’ elegance…

  7. Ahh The good ‘ol days when those Western Electric KS-15676 microwave antenna were radiating over Portland.
    Sadly they are silent nowdays. Too expensive to remove them…

    At least until it becomes distraction de’jour of City Council to force their removal rather than face real problems of the times…

  8. Ahh The good ‘ol days when those Western Electric KS-15676 microwave antenna were radiating over Portland.
    Sadly they are silent nowdays. Too expensive to remove them…

    At least until it becomes distraction de’jour of City Council to force their removal rather than face real problems of the times…

  9. MrDaveMac: You almost got the the name. The business at 601 SW Oak in 1964 was Harris Upham & Co. a brokerage company that merged with Smith Barney in 1975

  10. love the brass window frames Meisian Architecture now there black they should have
    left it alone !!

  11. The microwave tower has been taken down. Not too long ago. I live nearby and watched it done. They carefully too it apart and craned the sections down. It took a couple of days.

  12. I MISS THE 1940S SIDEWALKS REPLACED WITH THAT CHEAP 1 INCH THICK BRICK IN THE 1980s THAT BRICK IS BROKEN AND CHIPPED UP ALL OVER THE CITY EVEN SOME ARE MISSING ! LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE

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