Municipal Auditorium, 1958

Portland’s Municipal Auditorium was built in 1917 facing SW 3rd between Clay and Market. Known over the years as Portland Municipal Auditorium and Portland Public Auditorium, it was extensively remodeled in 1968 and renamed Portland Civic Auditorium. In 2000 it was renamed Keller Auditorium. This 1958 view is south on SW 3rd at Clay.

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SW Pine Street, 1955

The Porter Hotel building, on the left, at SW 3rd and Pine, dates to 1898. The neighboring Richardson Romanesque-style Haseltine Building dates to 1893. Both still look fine today.

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Building Demolition – Mystery Location

This downtown building was demolished in 1959. It and the brick building in the background are both gone but the surrounding buildings are still standing. If you find this on the University of Oregon Libraries site, they have incorrect location information. You’ll need all of your sleuthing skills to pinpoint this one.

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NE 15th & Tillamook, 1959

The discussion of the CM Forbes home from last week veered over to this home, and generated so many comments,  so it’s time to make it an official entry. VP Fan Roxanne grew up only two blocks from this amazing house and remembers it well. It was situated on the northwest corner of NE 15th and Tillamook Street. She believes it was torn down in the 1960s; a nondescript apartment building is on the spot now.

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Perkins Hotel, 1955

The 1890 Perkins Hotel, on the northeast corner of SW 5th and Washington, had seen better days by the time this 1955 photo was taken. The Golden Steer, gazing down from the corner tower, had been removed in 1907, returned to its place of honor in 1924, and again removed in 1957. The whole structure was demolished in 1962. The steer is currently in storage at the Oregon Historical Society archives in Gresham. I’ve uploaded a 1981 The Oregonian feature article about the Perkins Hotel, part 1 and part 2.

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1115 SW Market, 1955

This Victorian Italianate house was on the north side of SW Market Street between SW 11th and 12th Avenues. This building, and the wood frame buildings behind and to its right, are no longer in existence; the site is a parking lot. The brick apartment house in the left background is still standing.

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Sahr’s Fountain & Restaurant, 1959

Sahr’s opened in June of 1958 with a “happy, contemporary motif with bright and gay colors” according to The Oregonian. It was located on the southeast corner of SW 18th and Jefferson in Goose Hollow (here looking southeast). Owners George Sahr and Henry W. Walther sold the restaurant to Denny’s in September of 1968.

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