NW 13th & Lovejoy, 1930

Although labeled NW 12th Avenue, this is actually NW 13th Avenue at Lovejoy looking south. Industrial Northwest Portland was in the business of freight, storage and other heavy industry; paved streets and sidewalks could always come later.

A2009-009.1724 NW 12th & Lovejoy 1930(City of Portland Archives)

Sellwood Carbarn, 1913

Workers at the Portland Railway, Light and Power Sellwood Division carbarn pose in front of the Oregon City and Estacada trolley cars. The Sellwood carbarn was at SE 13th Avenue just south of Linn Street. Thanks to Gary Kyle for sending this photo from his personal collection; the man standing at far right, 2nd row (in white shirt, brimmed hat and overalls) was his grandfather.

sellwood carbarn 1913(Gary Kyle)

SE Tacoma & 13th, 1960

The Chevron station is gone now but there’s much in this Sellwood area that’s still recognizeable over 50 years later. Here we’re looking west on SE Tacoma at 13th Avenue.

(City of Portland Archives)

Temple Beth Israel, 1904

This Temple Beth Israel synagogue was built in 1888 on SW Main Street between 12th and 13th Avenues. Its two distinctive 125-foot towers were landmarks on Portland’s early skyline. It was destroyed by fire in 1928 and replaced by the congregation’s current building in Northwest Portland.

(City of Portland Archives)

SE Powell & 13th, 1934

This quaint little Handy Grocery building once occupied the northeast corner of SE 13th and Powell (here looking east on Powell). I doubt that a single item in this photo still exists.

(City of Portland Archives)

Wadhams and Kerr Building, 1917

The Wadhams & Kerr Building still stands on the northwest corner of NW 13th and Davis, along the Pearl’s 13th Avenue Historic District. Wadhams & Kerr was in the wholesale grocery business in 1917.

(City of Portland Archives)