14 thoughts on “Oregon Journal Building, 1970

  1. Wonder what year that was? We had a 1967. Best car we ever owned. Only paid $100 for it used.

  2. The wheel covers identify it as a 1969 Ford Country Squire. Otherwise the side view of 1969 and 1970 Ford Country Squires were identical.

  3. I returned from my US Army tour of Vietnam with the Army Engineers in 1968 and my first civilian job back was running a crane working for a really big wrecking company in Chicago. People used to asked if I enjoyed tearing down buildings and having them hauled away in pieces. I did not.

  4. The Portland Public Market was a public market in Portland, Oregon, the United States, built-in 1933 at a widely advertised cost of $1 million ($16 million in 2019). Controversial and ambitious, it was intended to replace the Carroll Public Market, centered at southwest Fifth and Yamhill Streets; the Portland Public Market was never popular and was in financial trouble virtually from the day it opened.

    The conception and siting of the market were rooted in heavy corruption and graft; Mayor George Luis Baker and city commissioner John Mann, among others, were clearly heavily involved. A recall effort was organized: it went to the ballot, though signatures for the recall petition were mysteriously stolen during a break-in, and the house of one of the two leaders of the recall was bombed. Baker was acquitted on the market corruption charges days before the recall vote, which was narrowly defeated and failed to remove him from office.

    Three stories tall with eleven-story towers, three blocks long, and with features including a gas station, rooftop parking, and a 500-seat auditorium, it was primarily a novelty and struggled to retain tenants from its 1933 opening until finally closing in 1942. The architect was William G. Holford.

    The building was leased to the U.S. Navy in 1943, then sold to The Oregon Journal in July 1946, for use as the newspaper’s offices and operations plant beginning in 1948. After publishing from there for 13 years, the paper vacated the building in 1961, and it stood unused until purchased by the City of Portland in 1968. The building was demolished in 1969 to make way for an expansion of Harbor Drive, which itself was replaced in 1974 by Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

    There is currently no permanent public market in the city, although plans are in progress to build the James Beard Public Market. All from Wikipedia site.

    One can’t help but imagine to what good use this building might have lent itself to in more recent times. I’m thinking of some sort of location for housing the areas out of control homeless population. I realize that this is a most unrealistic scenario given all the rules and regulations that would complicate matters. Still having the homeless in one location rather than spread out, camping in the city, outlying areas, off of freeway ramps, under bridges, seems like it would be “better”?.

  5. It took over six months to complete the demolition of the building which started in late June 1969 and was not completed until January 1970.

    Oregonian December 10, 1969 (excerpts)

    The original demolition deadline was Oct. 10, but the firm was granted a 54 day extension to Dec. 3 because of a court suit which tied up the work for a similar period in May and June.

    The reinforced concrete building has given Atlas Building Wreckers nothing but woe after the wrecker’s ball first struck it last June. Since Dec. 3 Atlas has been charged $100 a day in penalties for failure to complete its demolition contract on time with the state.
    Now Atlas wants to knock down the building’s east wall. And again it is facing a delay which will prolong the building’s life.

    The city of Portland would not permit the building wrecker to close Harbor Drive until after January 1, 1970 because of Christmas season traffic. Some day time and overnight closures of Harbor Dr. were permitted, and the final piece of the east wall come down on January 18, 1970

  6. This was one of my favorite buildings ever. I can remember driving over the bridge and looking for it. A graceful beautiful building.

  7. The building was built like the dams that were constructed in the same era like Bonneville, Grand Coulee and Boulder Dam. No wonder they had trouble demolishing it. The concrete in these dams is now just reaching it’s maximum strength. I used to go to the Catlin Gable rummage sales when they were held there, There was so much space but they managed to fill it up with stuff for sale. Don’t even get me started on Portland’s corruption which has always been there and even today exists.

  8. Portland should have saved it made it a national historical land mark this nearly indestructible building of art deco beauty portland is so stupid !!!

  9. Too bad Portland couldn’t have made something of this unusual and spacious building, sort of like Seattle did with its Pike Place Market, which is still around today and a major tourist attraction. When the building was the Journal’s headquarters, I recall driving with dad on Harbor Drive and through the extensive windows seeing the huge printing presses turning out the afternoon’s paper. I also recall the clocks above the building’s front entrance showing the current time in new York, London, and Tokyo.

  10. The Oregon Journal building had a large clock on one of the two towers with local time, and the letters for KPOJ radio on the other. When the building opened both towers were illuminated with 8,821 feet of neon lights. Over the entrance to the building were 6 smaller “World Time” clocks also in neon that displayed the times in Honolulu-Chicago-New York- London-Paris -Moscow.

    Oregon Journal April 9, 1969

    OMSI To Get Clocks Off Old Journal Home

    Clocks located above the entrance to the former Journal Building at Front Ave. and Yamhill St. will find a new home in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The building jointly owned by the City of Portland and the Oregon State Highway Dept.
    The City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday transferring its interest in the clocks to OMSI, which has asked for them as a public exhibit.

    Does anyone known the fate of these 6 clocks after they were removed?

  11. I remember while the building being demolished, they ’discovered’ a bell in one of the towers. My guess is it was part of the clockwork, but disconnected then forgotten about.

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