14 thoughts on “SW 6th Avenue, 1964

  1. Changing this portion of the SW Stark Street to SW Harvey Milk Street was another short sighted move by the Portland city council. When it comes to Portland’s history, they often drop the ball.

  2. Portland historical weather data for this Wednesday day shows: Hi: 63F, Low: 50F,
    Winds: 28 mph, Visibility: 20 mi., Forecast: Rain (received 0.51 in., the day before 0.11 in; no further rain thru 10/3).
    The trees in this photo survive today.
    Still many men wearing hats and a couple wearing bow ties. Some people look
    prepared for the rains which were to come later in the day.
    Most popular song in US at week was Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’.
    LIFE Magazine cover for this week, was of Saturn V Rocket, “America’s Jump Into Space.” Also in this issue – was a movie review for ‘Mary Poppins’; An article how dropping bombs into the eye of hurricanes could bring control over them.

  3. The building with the columns on the left: Does anyone know which bank occupied that stately building? Was it U.S. Bank or Bank of California, or another bank? I recall going into that bank as a child with my Dad; the hushed tones, marble everywhere, like being in an ancient Roman temple. Very impressive for a eight-year-old!

  4. The gentleman in the blue blazer and bow tie on the right bears a remarkable resemblance to Fred Meyer. I wonder.
    The truck in the photo is Pierce Auto Freight’s whoopee assigned to the downtown route. It was their first truck with a power lift tailgate.

  5. Robin, that was the United States National Bank of Oregon, which now is called US Bank, headquartered in Minneapolis. The architecture is indeed stupendous. Back then it was quite busy, with people bustling in and out and waiting in lines. By contrast it is now almost deserted and every time I go in there I fear the bank may tear it down.

  6. Igor, thanks for the neat 1932 photo! Do you know if the large “COLUMBIA” sign on the right was a theater or a hotel? When Dad & Mom first came to Portland in 1940 they lived in the Columbia Hotel — a residence hotel. Somehow I don’t think this was it, but who knows? Carter, thanks for your info regarding the U.S. Bank building.

  7. I disagree that renaming the street Harvey Milk was shortsighted. Granted, he was not from Portland but he is an icon in US history. Rosa Parks and MLK were not from Portland; yet, there are streets rightfully named for them. We have many streets named for early Portlanders: Corbett, Weidler, Couch to name a few.

  8. Robin the vertical sign “COLUMBIA” was a theater, and in later years was called “Downtown” & “Century” and perhaps some other names. The buildings were torn down in 1957 for 1st National Bank of Oregon’s new headquarters, and the address today is 400 SW 6th.

  9. I’m very glad to see that red Corvair. I used to cruise the Portland streets in my black Corvair Monza back in 1964-65 going back and forth between Poor Richard’s in Hollywood and Sho’s Service on Woodstock.

  10. Fun to step back in Corvair years. Tom, there are a few of us still adventuring in our Corvairs. Come on in, the waters fine.

  11. love all the proud American flags all over the city un like today are we anti American or someting ! keep America America !!!

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