Rose City Waffle House, c1905

Portland loved waffles over a century ago as this early turn-of-the-century photo indicates. This building was originally the “Old Crosby House,” built in 1848 or 1849, the first frame residence in Portland. It was located on the east side of SW 4th Avenue between Yamhill and Taylor.

rose city waffle pna_06613 uofo 8293(University of Oregon Libraries)

SE Hawthorne & Grand, 1938

Rush hour 1938-style. Traffic streams east on SE Hawthorne Blvd. at Grand Avenue as people leave the city, shadows indicating a summertime evening rush hour. The photo would have been taken from the five-story New Sargent Hotel on the north side of Hawthorne.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 5th Ave, 1949

This stretch of SW 5th Avenue from Salmon Street toward Taylor has changed considerably over the years. The grandly columned Portland Garage is now the site of the Standard Insurance Center. The building partially visible to our immediate left still stands, built in 1927 and since remodeled. The Greyhound Bus Depot across Taylor is a distant memory.

(City of Portland Archives)

Webb’s Shop, 1959

Hard to tell if Webb’s barber shop was in a stand-alone building or if it was a part of the building to the right, which I believe was the 1876 Coulter & Church building. They share some first floor cast-iron pieces but that’s all they have in common. The pretty little building was at 67 SW Morrison, between Front and 1st Avenue, in this 1959 photo.

(University of Oregon Libraries)