W Burnside Street, 1917

W Burnside Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, October 4, 1917. The old Burnside Bridge is visible in the background.


W Burnside between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave., Oct. 4, 1917: A2008-004.44

W Burnside between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave., Oct. 4, 1917: A2008-004.44


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SW 1st & Oak, c1950s

The Failing Building, on the northwest corner of SW 1st and Oak Street, looks much the same here in the 1950s as it did when constructed in 1886. Besides paint and signage, it’s still largely intact today, a fine example of 19th Century architecture with cast-iron details.

failing building c1950s 8131(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW Morrison & 1st, 1965

The low-rise parking lot on the southwest corner of SW Morrison & 1st Avenue is just being constructed in this 1965 photo. We’re looking south through the intersection with the old Riverside West (now Hotel Fifty) on the east side of 1st.

A2005-001.452  SW Morrison St and 1st Ave looking south 1965(City of Portland Archives)

Corbett Building, 1954

The 1870 Corbett Building was the first fully cast-iron fronted building in the city. It was also the only building to have its cast-iron pieces come from Baltimore, shipped around Cape Horn. Demolished two years after this photo, it was on SW 1st Avenue between Alder and Washington.

corbett building 8028 1954(University of Oregon Libraries)