14 thoughts on “Portland Community College, 1971

  1. I believe Portland Community College bought the former Cascade College campus in 1970, and the quonset hut gymnasium was part of the existing campus. I tried googling Cascade College, but most of the links led to a later now-closed college of the same name. I did find a link that involves Cascade College alumnae record for this college – the records went to Seattle Pacific College – but I could not find anything about the Cascade College campus. I wonder if the quonset hut gym still exists. I seem to remember PCC building a new gym for this campus.

  2. The Cascade Campus was originally a Christian school named Cascade College. It went bust and was purchased by PCC. If I remember correctly, this building served as the gym. I believe the only buildings still extant from Cascade College are two affordable housing projects now called the Cascadian Terrace Apartments. If you look at the those brick structures, the architecture says “College Dorm”

  3. Some advantages these days had over today…Cars: a person had the option of maintaining & fixing a vehicle themselves if they were able. Everything was pretty straightforward and accessible; no computers no “tight” engine compartments.
    Junior college costs: A student could take a full load of 15 units per semester at $15 per unit or $225, the cost of books varied widely from subject to subject, but the average cost of books was usually under $300. The cost per unit stands at $125 with a bunch of additional fees now tacked on (some per unit also) such as Technology fee of $5.30 per unit, Student activity fees of $3.40 per unit, Lab fees of $ 45 per course, College service fee of $15 per term and on top of all this, you have your book costs still to pay.

    This building looks like an army surplus barracks structure with add ons.

  4. ’67-ish Oldsmobile Delta 88.
    The ”88” part gives Portlands huge nazi population a thrill. Probably a higher symbolism value over ”4-20”.

  5. I attended PCC Cascade in the mid seventies and used that gym for playing b-ball. Both that gym and the “Jockey club” tavern haven’t been gone that long. The Jockey club was the last to go.

  6. @ wploulorenziprince Interesting tuition rates. I went to Lane Community College my first year out of the Navy in 1970. The per unit rate there was $7.50. In addition, when I transferred to Oregon in ’71 yearly tuition was about $525. Portland State was somewhat cheaper. If your numbers are right PCC doesn’t seem like such a good deal.

  7. The Quonset hut may be the least expensive, most economical manufactured building type ever produced. What is interesting to me in this picture is the way the “college” added an addition to the structure. The addition, hides where the walls of the Qhut meet the ground. It is also a very inexpensive attempt to make this structure look more conventional. The most creative and also inexpensive addition is the arch over the entrance which to no surprise is also composed of parts of a Quonset hut.

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