15 thoughts on “Lloyd District, 1938

  1. Anyone know what the short concrete column in the river next the the bridge column was from? An older Broadway bridge?

  2. Mike: Good question. I’m guessing it’s a ‘bumper’ to protect the bridge pier from being struck by a boat.

  3. I know Lloyd District is a correct identifier for this photo, but wouldn’t Lower Albina be more accurate?

  4. It is great to see that the old Bekins Building is still clearly visible. So much has changed!

  5. Lower Albina. Before its demise. Coming off the Broadway is 99 turning left onto Larrabee. The Interstate Hwy (99) would later come off the Steel and run right through the center of the hood. Then after that the eastern side wiped out to make way for the Coliseum. And the last surviving western (riverfront) section would be demolished for the Thunderbird motor-in. One of, if not the saddest, and largest displacements in Portland history.

  6. To be pedantic, Lower Albina was centered by the river with Russell as the main drag and the southern town line fell short of Broadway. Pre-merger, this would have been in East Portland.

    Understandings will change, of course, just like “East Portland” has become more of a flexible concept than a defined place.

  7. The blocks closest to Broadway (on either side) were part of Elizabeth Irving’s Addition and prior to there being a bridge, or Interstate Ave., was sometimes considered part of Albina (or Lower Albina), an area that extended northward to the railyards and inland several blocks (and eventually up the hillside). In the area north of Broadway, west of Wheeler, and south of Hancock, there was a residential area about where the PPS property is now. You can see that here: https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/5205042/ . As for the blocks to the south/bottom of this photo – that was part of James H. McMillen’s Addition. In fact, his house is the one toward the lower left of the photo that is set back from the street and in the middle of the block. McMillen’s and Irvings Additions occupied a sort of gray area between the two incorporated cities of East Portland and Albina.

  8. I would have loved to live in this neighborhood at this time . Beautiful views of the river and west hills.

  9. all the beautiful theaters are gone replaced with garbage postmodern buildings with no soul !! the former paramount theater remains standing to this day built 1927 !

  10. Thank you, Val, for pointing out the McMillen house. I have been wondering about it for a year or so, since I read about it in a Portland history book.

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