20 thoughts on “Ross Island Bridge Approach, circa 1926

  1. This old duplex is constructed with just amazing construction details. Check out the brickwork on the two chimneys. Also the beautiful shingle work, and more. I love this old place, heck it even had a basement! Sure would love to own something like this was. Wished that I could see the interior details. Wow!

  2. I’m guessing the house was only about 35 years old. Also, those two guys are going to lose their contractors license if OHSA drives by.

  3. see the dog on the sidewalk, did the picture-taker yell “freeze” to the guys on the roof to get a sharp image?

  4. Beautifully made duplex, most likely with ‘clear’ fir and cedar of Old growth, the only thing around.. Since it’s being dismantled, hopefully some of the wood got reused. The workmanship was very good too. that basement was dug by dredge and horse. Thank you for the pictures.

  5. Vlad: Richard Nixon signed the law creating OSHA on December 29, 1970, and it was was not formed until April 28, 1971.

  6. Hopefully the materials were taken to their version of the ReBuilding Center. I don’t think they make duplexes like this anymore…

  7. Looks like they are saving the old doors, and perhaps leaving the commode for someone to pick up if they want. But oh that beautiful gingerbread!

  8. all of those doors there reminds of Rejuvenation house parts when they sold old doors and windows and were located on 911 N Skidmore.

  9. These old pictures are a sad reminder of what inner southwest Portland might have been. Instead of the chopped up hellscape it is today,

    Not that Lair Hill and lower Homestead aren’t lovely neighborhoods. But between the Ross Island bridge approaches, the north-south thoroughfares that grew to monster size and of course urban renewal, it lost it’s heart.

    OregonLive had a recent piece and photos on the 50’s through 70’s urban renewal in SW Portland.

  10. Today they just come in and use heavy equipment and load it in trucks to take to the dump in less than a day. Yes, the house was probably framed in clear fir but I have run across a few that were framed in cedar.

  11. That place still exists. I lived there in the 1950″s as a kid. It is a four-plex and has been turned into a condo. 3223 SW Corbett Avenue.

  12. JH ~ My thoughts, too, that the duplex is rather like the one still in existence at 3105 SW 1st Ave. There might have been more than one such duplex constructed by the same builders in the neighborhood. When I lived up the street during the 1960’s in a much more modestly constructed house, I considered the duplex at 3105 to be the crown jewel of the neighborhood. It did not evolve into a ‘hippie haven’ but retained a consistent, well loved and maintained dignity. So…wl ~ is your early 20th century toilet an “Expulso”? I believe they were considered ‘state-of-the-art’ for the early indoor facility.

  13. donna, i have a gauld, which looks similar to this yard toidy. i don’t know if gauld manufactured their own toilets, or just paid to have their name slapped on someone’s generic bowl. only one i have ever seen. the gauld warehouse and office was up on nw 13th, but i have never found indications of a pottery.

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