We saw this building in a 1917 view last month; here is how it looked 36 years later. Another 58 years have passed since this photo and freight trains no longer rumble down the center of the street. This looks northeast at NW 12th and Davis. The small white building on the next block was just demolished a couple of months ago.
Before Pioneer Courthouse Square became “Portland’s Living Room,” it was a two level parking lot owned by Meier & Frank department store. That block was a parking lot for about 30 years, from the early 1950s to the early 1980s. This view looks northwest from SW 6th and Yamhill.
It could be holiday shoppers crowding the sidewalk outside the Meier & Frank building in 1953. The photo was taken from the top deck of the new parking lot that replaced the Portland Hotel (and was then replaced by Pioneer Courthouse Square). A block down 6th, the 1926 Bedell Building (now Cascade Building) seems to have a lovely two-story arched entrance that is no longer there.
These time-worn but stately Victorian Italianate homes were on the west side of SW 12th Avenue between Market and Clay in this 1955 photo. You’ll find large multi-story brick apartment buildings here today.