SW 6th & Morrison, 1952

It doesn’t look like we’ll be having a white Christmas in Portland this year. This 1952 photo shows snow removal efforts on SW 6th Avenue looking north toward Morrison. Note that the Portland Hotel had been demolished on our immediate left and the new Meier & Frank parking lot was just being constructed.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Broadway & Columbia, 1957

This view looks northeast at SW Broadway with traffic crossing eastbound on Columbia. The Oregonian Building is shown at center and the Hungerford Hotel is now the Regency Apartments. Compare this photo with the same intersection looking south in 1950.


SW 1st and Ankeny, 1957

The building directly behind Skidmore Fountain in yesterday’s post is shown here in its final days. Its whole history is a bit fuzzy but the 1870’s-era stone building was apparently the first U.S. customs house in Portland. Other uses over the years included a furniture warehouse and, as was seen yesterday, home for the Pacific Tent & Awning Co. Thanks to Bud Holland who supplied this terrific 1957 photo showing the beginning of the demolition process. The building was leveled for a parking lot. Click here to read a 1957 article from The Oregonian about this building.

(Bud Holland)

SW Front, 1950s

The Columbia Asbestos Company was at 111 SW Front Street in the 1950s, alongside some other industrial businesses. Their well-used cast-iron fronted building was the Smith’s Block which still stands, now nicely restored, at Front and Ash Street.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

N. Broadway, 1950

Neat little bird’s-eye view of N. Broadway between N. Interstate at the bottom and N. Wheeler at the top. There was no shortage of gas stations in this area. A few of the major buildings are still standing but not a single house is left today.

(City of Portland Archives)

Hawthorne Bridge Approaches, 1958

The westbound (right) and eastbound elevated approaches to the Hawthorne Bridge were only one year old at the time of this 1958 photo. Union Avenue southbound passes through the center of the photo and the bridge itself can be seen in the distant right.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Morrison & 14th, 1951

Today’s Tiffany Center at SW Morrison at 14th Avenue was the 1928 Neighbors of Woodcraft building in 1951. This photo apparently was meant to document the illuminated stop sign.

(City of Portland Archives)