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.
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.