Once upon a time NW Lovejoy Street was elevated, from NW 14th Avenue to the Broadway Bridge. This view looks east at 14th where the ramp took drivers over the (now gone) railroad tracks. That overhead portion was removed in the late 1990s and now the ramp to the bridge begins at 9th Avenue.
The Helm building stood between the Packer-Scott building and the Burnside Bridge between Front and 1st Avenues. The Helm was the remaining portion of the 1877 Dekum & Reed block. The western half (shown here facing 1st Ave.) was destroyed by an explosion in 1968. The right-most cast-iron column is still attached to the northwest corner of the Packer-Scott building (Mercy Corps headquarters). Check it out next time you’re down at Saturday Market.
This is identified as the home of architect Justus Krumbein on the University of Oregon Libraries website. I’m not so sure. The Krumbein home was the second lot north of NW Everett along NW 16th Street; this is obviously on a corner. The Sanborn map shows the Krumbein home having this same footprint but reversed. Clues in this photo include the uphill slope to the left, homes on the hill in the distant right, and the shadow direction, leading me to think this view is to the southwest. The one-way street and what looks like a large street sign in the side yard are other indicators, but I’m unable to put it all together. Any ideas one way or the other?
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.