SW 3rd Avenue, circa 1974 Posted on February 3, 2022 by Vintage Portland 9 SW 3rd Avenue near SW Taylor Street, circa 1974. City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.5699. View this image in Efiles by clicking here. Rate this:Share this:FacebookPinterestTwitterEmailRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
SW Third was a pretty seedy part of town during the 70s with adult bookstores and arcades.
Looks like the building that housed Olson’s and the jack shack are gone, but the building on the right is still there. Approximate address is 215 SW Taylor Street.
There were some great “hippie” shops on 3rd as well, and a couple of good little cafes…
I think you had to drive right by one of those book stores if you were headed east on to the Morrison Bridge
Back around that time, I worked in alot of those buildings doing repairs on the upper floors and roofs.
So many of their uppper floors were still original albeit well worn, sat unused for decades.
For a guy who grown up in the suburbs, it was interesting (and horrifying also) to see how people prior to the 50s-60s would have lived and worked in a downtown environment.
Not to nitpick, but these buildings were located on SW Taylor street, not SW 3rd Ave, and this shot is closer to 2nd and Taylor St. The remaining building could be saved and repurposed if the right person desired to do so.
William Muny: Good job finding that building! So the VP title should be switched to “SW Taylor Street near SW Third Avenue.”
This shot is looking West.
When I was going to Wilson High in the 1960’s, before it was Ida B. Wells, and was going downtown on the Rose City Transit before it was Tri Met, my Dad said, “Don’t go below 4th Avenue!”