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)

NE Alberta & 15th, 1954

This scene at NE Alberta Street at 15th Avenue is one that hasn’t changed a lot over the years. The Richfield station is gone now, as well as a couple of buildings on the other side of Nelson’s Variety and People’s Market. There are a lot fewer utility poles now and that’s a good thing. There are two “Mulholland’s” signs a block apart; I wonder what those were?

(City of Portland Archives)

SE 82nd & Francis, 1959

You can still buy a travel trailer along this stretch of SE 82nd Avenue, just like you could in 1959, but you’d have a little more trouble finding a Lucky Lager in a stubby bottle. Turn right here and you’ll be turning in to Eastport Plaza today.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW 19th & Lovejoy, 1952

NW 19th Avenue was a two way street in 1952 when this picture was taken. It’s one way (toward us) now, so you can be excused if you don’t recognize the building on the far corner from this perspective. The 1915 Royal Arms condo building, an apartment building at the time, would be over your left shoulder as you pass it going south.

(City of Portland Archives)