SW Front Avenue, 1944

SW Front Avenue (SW Naito Parkway) between W Burnside Street and SW Washington Street looking south, 1944.

City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2009-009.4116.

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23 thoughts on “SW Front Avenue, 1944

  1. Taking a cue from the advert painted on a building for Edward’s Furniture: VP posted photos of the interior of this furniture store
    on Jan. 13, 2016, and May 12, 2021. (duplicate of the previous photo).

    The concrete retaining wall looked a bit nicer than the metal ones in place now; perhaps there were structural/maintenance problems associated with the original configuration.

  2. This new section of roadway was SW Harbor Drive until it was torn up and replaced with Waterfront Park in the 1970’s. and SW Front/Naito is to the just to the west. The VP photo from November 23, 2015 has a good photo of this area before Harbor Dr. was removed.

  3. If you want to find pieces of the Journal building go to Powers Marine Park. From a PSU paper on harbor drive ” While the original plan between the city and state was to evenly split the costs of the demolition, $64,575 each, Portland paid an extra $26,250 to have part of the rubble transported and used as landfill at Powers Marine Park, located on the Willamette River’s west bank near the Sell wood Bridge.

  4. Mike’s comment about Power’s Marine Park leads me to think that the pieces of flooring that I’ve found along the river just south of the Sellwood Bridge are from the Journal Building! Another mystery solved.

  5. If you have 40 minutes to spare there is a nice video on YouTube titled “The Forgotten Story of Harbor Drive ; Portland’s Demolished Freeway”

  6. wploulorenziprince, the concrete panels were taken out and lost before the 1990’s. They were supposed to add more height as flood protection but could be taken out when ships tied up the the seawall. The black metal posts or more correctly bollards in the picture are for tying up the ship. During the flood of 1996 since the concrete panels were long gone the City of Portland made an urgent announcements that they needed carpenters to construct wooden panels to replace the lost ones as the river was forecasted to over top the seawall without the panels. They said after it was over they were going to retain and store the panels. I doubt 26 years later they still exist or anybody knows where or what they are if they do still exist.

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  8. The building with the Edward’s Furniture ad on it was built by Colburn Barrell Jr. by 1862. On the 2nd floor was Alex. Campbell’s Shooting Gallery – “Where all can be accommodated, from an Armstrong down to a pop-gun. Gentlemen wishing to try the accurateness of their pistols, rifles, shot-guns, derringers or five shooters, can find a favorable opportunity at any time, by calling at the above-mentioned place, where batteries and all other necessary arrangements are now complete for the accommodation of those fond of the sport and who desire to practice the use of fire-arms. Fine sport, gentlemen, -come up and try it. Second story of Barrell’s Brick, Front Street, near corner of Morrison.” Oregonian 12/29/1862 pg. 2.

    Walter Bros. carpets moved onto the ground floor, 113 Front Street, in 1863. W. S. Ladd later acquired the property, then his estate owned it for many years.

    The building adjacent and to the south of Barrell’s Brick was built by former Portland Mayor, George Vaughn and was one of the earliest 3-story brick buildings built in Portland.

  9. Old Portlander: My recollection is that after the 1996 flood, the city built steel panels to fit onto the seawall. I’m pretty sure they are stored in a cage under one of the Steel Bridge ramps.

  10. From Portlandonline

    What if Portland Gets Another Flood?

    Portland will be ready with a new steel seawall. This one mile long wall is made of 438 metal panels, four feet high, and twelve feet long.

    Bureau of Maintenance crews will assemble the seawall during emergency flood conditions. Installation of the wall will take an estimated 1,000 hours, or 40 people working 24 hours.

    The three separate construction sites are the main section made up of steel panels: Ankeny Pump Station area will use gravel filled bins; and Salmon Spring Amphitheater, a large open area, will use concrete barriers.

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