Blanchet House

Blanchet House is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year! The photos below show lines for meals served at the Blanchet House. The first meal served to 200 men were beans, bread, butter, and coffee. Located near Union Station in Old Town Portland, Blanchet House served an unemployed and underemployed mostly male population of transient workers and immigrants. There is an exhibit of Blanchet House history at the Oregon Historical Society until June 5.

Blanchet House at NW Glisan Street and NW 4th Avenue, circa 1952.
Men in line at NW Flanders Street and NW 4th Avenue around the corner from Blanchet House, circa 1952.

NE Glisan Street, 1969

Heating by Sandberg located on the corner of NE Glisan Street and NE Union Avenue (NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), 1969.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2011-018.408.


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NE 82nd Avenue, 1950

Mayor Dorothy McCullough Lee (center) with group, including individuals from the Blind School, crossing at NE 82nd Avenue and NE Glisan Street, 1950. Traffic Engineer Fred Fowler is immediately behind the Mayor.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2005-001.1131.


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