14 thoughts on “Columbia Villa, 1942

  1. Looks like this photo was taken on an overcast foggy day with few shadows being cast. The two laborers nearest the camera seem to be staying warm with minimal layering. Those persons standing around outside the foundation are wearing suits.

    I think the car parked off to itself might be a 1938 Dodge 4-door sedan.

    The rustic shacks, fencing, and corrals will soon create a sharp contrast between the cookie-cutter mass-produced repetitive structures going in.

  2. I am always amazed by the use of large, clear lumber being used for temporary uses in the old days, such as for plumbing these concrete forms. Hopefully this lumber was reused later in the structure. Clear lumber like that is reserved today for the most demanding applications, and even those applications are going over to composites. Most of the old growth is gone!

  3. You’re right about the wood – a builder friend couldn’t get over the clear fir used as diagonal SUBFLOOR in my old Portland house.

  4. wploulorenziprince, Bob S, the car you refer to is not a Dodge. It is a General Motors product from 1935-36. Key giveaways are the more rounded shape of the top of the door window openings and two piece flip out quarter windows.

  5. I have been subscribed to Vintage Portland for many years now, and have never seen any pictures from Kellog Park, in the Sellwood area. I grew up there in 1946-50 at #105 “E” street. Does VP have any pictures from Kellog Park?

  6. Merlin, You know, at first I thought it was a Chevrolet but the headlight profiles were too long and the one in this photo is shorter. My mistake was I didn’t go back far enough in my search years until I rectified the headlight discrepancy; had I done so, I would have stuck with Chevrolet. I see what you mean too about the more rounded upper side door window openings. I didn’t know about the two-piece flip-out qtr windows. Thanks for your great imput.

  7. Phil– The war housing projects often featured in the VP photos were part of the Housing Authority of Portland. Kellogg Park was part of the Housing Authority of Clackamas County & Milwaukie. Pamplin Media did a story on Kellogg Park on December 2018 titled “Remember WWII’s Kellogg Park”. The Oregon Historical Society Digital Collection also has a high quality aerial photo of Kellogg Park from 1948 that you can view online.

  8. Ron K the builders very rare wasted materials in those days, labor was cheap and materials expensive. It is just the opposite today. The forms were usually reused as sub flooring or sheathing. I have been in a lot of old homes including the ones I owned that you could see concrete on the sub floor from the basement.

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