26 thoughts on “SW 6th Avenue, 1960

  1. The billboard does state that this is the future site of the new Hilton Hotel to open in fall of 1961. So all those buildings were doomed.. Isn’t that Cole McElroy’s Spanish ballroom on the left?

  2. The blue and white humpback street sign is still there on the corner. Long gone by 1969. Those things are worth some money now.

  3. This looked to be a nice early fall morning with a number of folks out and about. No fancy trash can enclosures in this photo like there are now; just banged-up metal cans sitting out near the street corner.

    This hotel takes up an entire city block and as many have said this spelled the end for many of the brick buildings seen here. The Heathman Hotel on the next block is still there.

    All the cars parked in the lot look like daily drivers, all in need of a good wash.

  4. Greetings, The photo does posted here does not appear to have been taken 1969, unless this corner of the block was the site of a very cleverly-staged movie scene, set in 1959, judging from the cars and clothing those two people are wearing. KW

  5. The photo does posted here does not appear to have been taken 1969, unless this corner of the block was the site of a very cleverly-staged movie scene, set in 1959, judging from the cars and clothing those two people are wearing.

  6. there are too many cars from the 40’s and early 50’s that would have long since been crushed in 1969. i concur with others here that this post is mis-labeled and is probably from1959 or 1960.

  7. If you click on the Efiles for this photo record date is 1/12/60. Yesterday the photo was listed as 1973, but the Efiles record date was 12/31/69

  8. When I clicked on the e-files copy, I read the following, which proves the rest of you right today!

    Title.
    A2005-005.784.1 : Hilton Hotel series : Corner of SW 6th Ave and SW Taylor St looking southwest toward New Heathman Hotel

    Record Date
    1/12/1960

  9. The Oregonian has a photo on March 22, 1960 (p 26) of the buildings on SW Broadway between Taylor & Salmon being demolished, and on August 5, 1960 they have a short story about the Hilton Hotel ground breaking at 11 am on that date.

  10. It’s gotta be 1960 because when the new Hilton’s first manager moved to Portland, his kids went to school in our SW Hills neighborhood. My sis remembers them at either Hayhurst or Bridlemile elementary schools when she was in 7th or 8th grade (no middle schools then). That was about 1961 or ’62. And yes, Ron, a cold Blitz sounds good on this hot summer afternoon!

  11. i see the Broadway theater !! a beautiful building lost to stupid choices of Portland !
    that should have been put on the NRHP like all of the other ones that use to be on Broadway what where they thinking !

  12. The “BLITZ” billboard certainly foretold the fate of the Edison Hotel and its nearby neighbors.

  13. Patrick– the NRHP the National registry of historic places is a voluntary program. A city cannot place a building on it unless the owner of that building wishes to place their building on it.

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