Gem Hotel, circa 1918

The Gem Hotel was located on SW 1st Avenue between SW Sheridan Street and Arthur Street, circa 1918. This comes from a collection of Housing Authority images depicting housing conditions.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2012-003.28

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2012-003.28

 

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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)