28 thoughts on “Weinhard Brewery, circa 1892

  1. Hmm I have seen pictures of the brewery before but not with that large tall building with the spire on it. I wonder if that rendering as far as the tall building was more wishful planning than anything that was ever built.

  2. After looking at a few photos of that complex there was that building with the spire on it but it wasn’t as tall as in the rendering.

  3. and – gotta say, i always love these half-photo/half-fantasy artistic renderings. the buggy and the woman are about half the size of real life! or maybe she’s just verrry short, and that stack of cordwood is fantastically high…

  4. I was wondering whether the taller building over actually existed, it certainly looks like an artists conception in today’s photo. Here is some more evidence:

  5. Fabulous photo image. I had forgotten how large the original brewery complex was.
    It reminds me of the commercials with border patrol stopping a pick up on a back road at the California border. “Where you going with all that beer?”

  6. Brian, I believe you are right. Well done!
    I was perplexed by the slight incline of the street on what would be NW 12th in the OG photo. But “artist’s rendering” can impart some ambiguity, so I didn’t really question it.
    Digging deeper and looking at Google street view of the Henry’s bldg on NW 12th and W Burnside, it is obvious that the location of the photo above is incorrect.

  7. susan, are you saying that the image for today does not resemble the actual brewery? that is a photo, not a drawing – the stack and malting tower have been added in because the image overexposed them – and i see no reason to doubt that it is weinhard. the buildings today have been heavily modified or removed, so may not resemble the image completely. still, those of you born here might remember how it looked before it all came down, so not judging one way or another…

  8. While the Northrup building is similar, today’s photo definitely shows the same buildings as in the postcard image I posted above.

  9. Interesting photo Bo. Thank you for posting.
    The Northrup doesn’t match exactly to the sketch but it is very close. I couldn’t find any present day angle for Couch that looked like the building.
    I’m a little on the fence here but your photo certainly sees to show the stacks.
    I also just found this old map of Portland. Look at the Weinhard’s building in the lower left corner. It does look like the sketch in today’s post.
    Maybe it was the same architect with very similar buildings but today’s Weinhard building has just been remodeled enough to lose the original facade .

  10. At the time of redevelopment in 2000 Blitz – Weinhard occupied 4 1/2 city blocks between W. Burnside & NW Davis and NW 10th & NW 13th. The only historic buildings remaining are the brick buildings on NW 12th between Burnside & Couch.

  11. I moved to Portland in 1970. Lived in NW Portland, and walked to the Central Library to work. I loved the aromas of the brewery, almost as good as smelling the Franz bakery on east side of the Willamette.

  12. Here is the 1890 view for comparison:

    There is certainly no reason to think that particular designers or builders didn’t build very similar buildings over a given time period, especially in an industrial context. The real value in the Northrup confusion may be in connecting two buildings to the same architect or contractor.

  13. My apologies over the confusion. It appears that while very similar in some respects, I was wrong and that it is the correct location as listed after all.
    I’m thankful that we still have some of these old buildings still standing!

  14. so, what happened to th epicture format? now I cant click and get super large resolution pictures anymore…..

  15. Janet–
    In the mid-80s I worked in the Standard Insurance Center. The only time I could smell the brewery was when the temperature was in the high 90s and the wind was from the Northwest–and walking out of an air-conditioned building across that white plaza with a blast of brewery air was quite a shock.

  16. Air Conditioning. Ahh. The Central Library relief on open windows and fans till it was rrstoed and updated in the early 1990s. And it was also much closer to the Brewery than the Standard Insurance Building.

  17. I actually miss the smell of the brewery! Back in the ’70s, I used to take the bus downtown to the Galleria, walk down to Django Records at 12th and Stark, buy a bottle of Hires Root Beer at Georgia’s Market…Good days!

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