NE Broadway & 33rd, 1953

You can probably still get a beer along NE Broadway just east of 33rd Avenue, but where you once would sit in the Cubby Hole Tavern you can now get a pizza and sit in the sun on a nice day. Benny’s cafe is long gone but the structure still stands. Even the billboards are still in place along this stretch of Broadway, and the little trees still soften the front of Gordon’s Fireplace Shop on the right.

(City of Portland Archives)

West End Ross Island Bridge, 1952

Finishing the year at a Vintage Portland fan favorite spot, the west end of the Ross Island Bridge, circa 1952. This view, looking southwest, shows what appears to be newly installed on- and off-ramps and connectors to Harbor Drive at the top. All the houses at the bottom of the photo are gone, as are all but four immediately beyond Failing School at right-center. I-5 now cuts along the bottom left corner. Compare with this view of the same area from 20 years earlier.

(City of Portland Archives)

N Interstate & Lombard, 1956

The Fred Meyer store and two gas stations still anchor corners at the intersection of N. Interstate and Lombard Street as they did in 1956, but the photographer whould now be standing in the middle of the Max tracks headed toward the Expo Center.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 2nd Avenue, 1958

This stretch of SW 2nd Avenue, where it crosses SW Taylor, was dominated by parking lots in 1958. World Trade Center Building 1 would rise on this lot on the immediate right. The Strowbridge Building can be seen in the right distance on SW Yamhill Street.

(City of Portland Archives)

Goodnough Building, 1958

Thanks to VP fan Jim who mentioned the Goodnough Building in respect to yesterday’s Corbett Building post. The Goodnough Building was an 1891 Richardson Romanesque building that stood at SW 5th and Yamhill, shoulder to shoulder with the Corbett Building (seen at left here). Someone’s idea of a modernization at some point covered the lovely stone ground-floor arches with flat panels for signage and awnings. The Goodnough building was demolished sometime shortly before the Corbett in 1988.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1957

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church once stood on the southwest corner of N. Larrabee Avenue and N. McMillen Street. It was torn down in the late 1950s to make way for the Memorial Coliseum complex, in fact this site is almost at the center of Memorial Coliseum itself. This view looks down Larrabee toward downtown Portland.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW Irving & Broadway, 1959

Everything you see on the immediate south side of NW Irving Street in this 1959 view is gone now. The bus terminal sits on the site of the Mt. Hood Cafe and Yellow Cab garage buildings. The photo, looking east, was taken from the slightly elevated Broadway ramp.

(City of Portland Archives)