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.
This row of homes and apartments was on N. Ross Avenue where it intersected with N. McMillen Street in McMillen’s Addition. The area was eventually demolished for the Memorial Coliseum complex. McMillen’s Addition was on a diagonal grid but the intersection would be about where N. Winning Way and N. Center Ct. Street meet now. This view looks north.
Hard to tell if Webb’s barber shop was in a stand-alone building or if it was a part of the building to the right, which I believe was the 1876 Coulter & Church building. They share some first floor cast-iron pieces but that’s all they have in common. The pretty little building was at 67 SW Morrison, between Front and 1st Avenue, in this 1959 photo.
The Portland Fire Department appears to be showing off its new 1950 American LaFrance fire engine in front of Station 3 at 1425 NW Glisan. The 1913 building is now the home of Touché Restaurant. In fact all the buildings you can see in this photo are still standing.
The Hollywood Theater still stands on NE Sandy Blvd, as it has since 1926, but the building just west of it, at 41st Street, is gone. The Hollywood Building on the right was “modernized” at some time over the years and lost its graceful arched entryway.