NE Union & Alberta, 1936

A great view looking north up NE Union Avenue at Alberta Street. Auto-related businesses, a theater, drugstore and fountain and a business school give this place and time a great neighborhood feeling. No lack of utility poles and overhead wires either.

A2005-001.667 NE Union Ave north from Alberta 1936(City of Portland Archives)

NE Alberta & Union, 1947

A large portion of this area, looking east on NE Alberta Street at Union Avenue, remains intact since this 1947 photo. Most of the changes have taken place on lots that directly face Union (now Martin Luther King Blvd).

A2005-001.671 NE Union Ave and Alberta east 1947(City of Portland Archives)

Red & White Store, 1931

The fairly serious-looking staff of The Red & White Store pose outside of their shop in this fine 1931 photo. The store was on NE Alberta Street between NE 20th and 21st Avenues. The building still exists although the home reflected in the window is long gone.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Alberta & 15th, 1954

Decades before NE Alberta Street became a funky shopping and dining area, it was just another Portland neighborhood artery. This photo shows what Alberta looking west at NE 15th Avenue was like in 1954. The stylish gent posing on the sidewalk may have been foretelling how hip the street would become.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Alberta St, 1962 – Help Us Out!

The City of Portland Archives has this image in its land use files but the location is not noted. Somewhere along NE Alberta Street in 1962 is about all that’s known. Can anybody lead us to the location of this corner market? Is it still standing?

Found: NE Alberta St. & 33rd Ave.

(City of Portland Archives)

W.M. Killingsworth Home, c1910

Real estate businessman W.M. Killingsworth platted the Walnut Park addition to Portland in 1905. 80 acres were divided into 400 lots and deeds stated only residential buildings would be built. He built this fine home for himself facing N Alberta Street between N Vancouver and Commercial Avenues, and extended north past Sumner Street. Thanks to VP fan Roxanne for suggesting this image.

(University of Oregon Libraries)