SW 6th Avenue, 1914

Wood frame buildings were still common on SW 6th Avenue in 1914. The street looked like an entertainment area of sorts with many bars, pool halls, theaters and restaurants. The new and elegant 12-story Wilcox Building, at left at the intersection with Washington Street, was a sign of a growing city. This view is south from Stark Street.

A2004-002.1162 SW 6th Ave 1914(City of Portland Archives)

SW 5th & Ankeny, 1928

Portland’s “Car Wash” fountain and a gas station occupy this block in the shadow of Big Pink now. But in 1928 the corner of SW 5th and Ankeny was very much in the thick of the gritty Burnside area with transient hotels, industrial buildings and workingmen’s cafes.

(City of Portland Archives)

Mallory’s Stables

Long before it became the AIA Portland headquarters, long before it was the S.K. Josefsberg Gallery, it was Mallory’s Stables on the corner of NW 11th and Flanders. The building dates to about 1880 but W.L. Mallory ran his stables here in the early 20th century; this photo was taken in 1917. All the surrounding buildings in the photo are gone.

(City of Portland Archives)