NE Sandy & 40th, 1952

You could get it all along Northeast Sandy Blvd in the Hollywood district in 1952; stop in at the bank for some cash, then shop for jewelry, cameras, and even gowns, then treat yourself to an ice cream. If you still had energy left, you could get some exercise  at the YMCA.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW Lovejoy & 14th, 1952

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.

(City of Portland Archives)

NW 22nd & Vaughn, c1951

The houses on the northeast corner of NW 22nd and Vaughn are long gone; this corner is now the Vaughn Street exit from Highway 30. The building in the background labeled “Montgomery Ward Warehouse & Garage” is now the MotoCorsa motorcycle shop.

(City of Portland Archives)

Helm Building, c1955

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.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

House, 1955 – Mystery Location

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?

(University of Oregon Libraries)

Jantzen Beach, 1950

1950 was just about in the middle of Jantzen Beach’s time in Portland. “The Coney Island of the West” opened in 1928 and closed in 1970. This aerial photo looks east with the Interstate Bridge in the background.

(City of Portland Archives)