Portland Map, 1927

Map of the city of Portland showing “use of property zones compiled from official records” for the Department of Public Works by the City Planning Commission, 1927.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, Map of the City of Portland showing use of property zones compiled form official records, A2014-001, 1927.


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15 thoughts on “Portland Map, 1927

  1. this is interesting. Looking at the forest park area, it appears the trails including wildwood and waterline used to be roads. You can compare on the link below where Springville meets Riverview drive is where Springview meets wildwood now https://goo.gl/maps/z6LrzQPHzKpruWbXA. You have to zoom in to the NW corner area to see. Leif Erickson also appears to be called HIllside Blvd. most of the trails are old roads up there

  2. You can see that SE Holgate jogs around the IOOF ( Independent Order of Odd Fellows) building even in 1927. Makes one wonder how old that building is there and old SE Holgate is.

  3. PMC a lot of those roads in the area that later became Forest Park like Liberty were not actually there. They were never built. A developer turned in a plat showing where they proposed to build streets but they were never built. Hillsides were too steep. Couldn’t be built-couldn’t sell lots- couldn’t pay property taxes –county took property.

  4. It’s interesting that the area south of Powell was getting numbered avenues. I’m glad they finally came up with some names. I guess it’s more precise to have numbered streets going both directions – but it’s awfully boring!

  5. Debby the great street renumbering of Portland that took place from 1931-1933 brought us the street system we now have, making Streets run East & West, and Avenues run North & South, and changing some streets names and numbers.

  6. Debby, Washington D.C. has numbered streets going one way, and lettered (“A” “B” etc.) streets going perpendicularly to the numbered ones. The benefit of that is that if you are given the address “11th and B,” (for example) you know exactly where to go and don’t need a map. I agree with you that this kind of thing is boring, but it’s quite useful. The best parts of Portland for someone like me with terrible spatial abilities is the Alphabet District, where I know exactly how to get to an address such as “21st and Lovejoy.”

  7. Vlad I don’t know if this helps, but in 1924 the City of Portland created 4 zones. Zone 1 – Single Family, Zone 2 – Multi Family, Zone 3 – Business & Manufacturing, and Zone 4 – Unrestricted

  8. The street I grew up on – Moss Street – is way down in the bottom left corner. When they first platted the neighborhood, it was Kellogg Street. That is what is stamped in the concrete on the street corners. Got changed to Moss at some point.

  9. Diving into some minutiae it looks like the dashed lines indicate trolley tracks.

    I can follow the Council Crest Trolley which heads south on Vista and then eventually up to the Broadway/Vista/Greenway/Talbot/Patton intersection (the original end of the line for that trolley before the tracks to the amusement park were completed).

    What’s interesting is that another set of tracks heads from that intersection along Ravensview to Elizabeth to Spring where it rejoins Vista. I had no idea about that loop. Learn something new on VP every day.

  10. So I have lived in four different houses that are on this map, guess I’m a true Portland city girl. But I have a question. On the lower left side of the map, the first bump out, SW Fairmont Blvd ends where the map ends. Between the two parts of Fairmont is a horseshoe shaped street, which is where I grew up and was then called Carl Place. But it has a different name that I can’t read. Can anyone else read it? Thanks.

  11. Mat–since The Alameda means “the tree-lined street” it doesn’t really need to have “Street” added–but at some point apparently Portland decided the name wasn’t clear enough.

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