14 thoughts on “Madison Street, circa 1929

  1. By the address this is supposed to be the building. It’s unlikely that any remodeling would end up with this though I suppose it could have been replaced.

  2. If we are looking south on SE 3rd the building to the right doesn’t match either. If the photo is from standing on SE 4th looking west down Madison it seems more likely with the Sand and Gravel building being 316 SE Madison. When was the ramp to the Hawthorne Bridge built?

  3. This photo was take looking west from Union Ave. (MLK today) before the Morrison Bridge ramp was built over SE Madison in the mid 50’s. The James A C Tait building old address when it was built in 1924 was 260 E. 3rd, and the current address for the Tait building is 316 SE Madison. Since this photo was taken in 1929 I believe it was taken to document this corner for the widening of Union ave., but the numbers man must have taken a snow day off since he appears in most street widening photos from 1929.

  4. I said 4th but I meant MLK. The Sand and Gravel building’s openings (window – door – garage door – window – garage door – door) match 316 SE Madison. If you view the ramp street view so does the concrete indentations just below the roof line. I looked up the Great Renumbering translator and there doesn’t seem to have been a 316 E. Madison.

  5. Historic winter snowfall records for Portland, show a total of 3.6 inches fell all on Monday, January 28th, 1929.
    One car is parked inside the corner garage part of the building that also housed a couple of gas pumps.
    The sun is clearly low in the sky here (winter) and I would say the photo was taken sometime between 10 am and noon, shot in a westerly direction.
    I hope to not see any snow this year…brrrr.
    It must have been tough driving these older cars in the snow with their narrow tires.

  6. The VP photo from November 22, 2011 has a 1958 elevated view of the building on the left with the distinct design at the roof line, and shows where it sits between the Morrison Bridge ramps. This building has the Gibson Distributors sign on it, and the James A C Tait building is on the backside behind the Early Times sign.

  7. I dunno gentlemen, sure looks a lot like the “Quadrant” building on the corner of MLK & SE Stark St. to me.. I’m probably wrong, but still, I pass this corner every day leaving from work, and can’t help but think how close the similarties are.. fwiw..

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/45%C2%B031'18.6%22N+122%C2%B039'43.1%22W/@45.5193822,-122.6617761,3a,60y,299.05h,94.18t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sgcfDfEsbIcsxQgennWpEgA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d45.5219561!4d-122.6624595

  8. Steven, your looking south on third at Madison; today photo is looking west on Madison on what is to be MLK (union ave.) and the Madison viaduct to the Hawthorne Bridge yet to be built.

  9. THE BUILDING ON THE FAR RIGHT HAS A 3RD LEVEL NOW THE OLD IMAGE
    THE BUILDING IS 2 STORES DID ANY ONE NOTICE THAT !

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