Aerial View of Downtown, 1938

This 1938 aerial view gives us a distant overview of several images we discussed earlier this week. It’s also a good comparison with a photo with the same approximate perspective from 10 years earlier.

A2010-001.75 Aerial of Downtown Portland c1938 24k(City of Portland Archives)

Westside Seawall Sandbagging, 1948

Pedestrians along the westside seawall check out river levels during the 1948 flood. A little farther north city crews are hard at work continuing sandbagging operations to prevent flooding along SW Harbor Drive. This view is looking north from the Morrison Bridge sidewalk.

A1999-004.1024 Flood control sandbagging seawall and Morrison Bridge 1948(City of Portland Archives)

Aerial of Downtown, 1938

This 1938 aerial image of downtown shows an artist’s rendering along the west side waterfront. It was probably used as a device to envision placement of Harbor Drive. This particular version left intact the Portland Public Market building on the right.

A2010-001.104 Aerial of SW Waterfront centered on the Public Market 1938(City of Portland Archives)

Downtown Core Area, 1963

This 1963 aerial photo of the downtown core area shows quite a few buildings we’ve spotlighted here on Vintage Portland. Madison Park Apartments, Ahavai Sholom Synagogue, Cole McElroy’s Spanish Ball Room, the view from City Hall, and Victorian homes along SW Broadway are but just a few. One intriguing remnant is in the lower left corner, the building on SW Clay between SW Park and 10th, the only building remaining on the block. Any idea what that was?

(City of Portland Archives)

West Side Waterfront, 1948

Vanport City wasn’t the only flood worry in 1948 (see yesterday’s post). City crews seen here were busy sandbagging along Portland’s west side sea wall two days before the Vanport disaster. Downtown was spared but some areas on both sides of the river weren’t so lucky. Here’s what it looked like a little downriver at the Broadway Bridge.

(City of Portland Archives)

South Portland, c1900

Interesting stereoscope photo of South Portland circa 1900. The main intersection in the lower left is 6th and Grant. The tiny sliver of the northwest corner of that intersection shows an old reservoir which can be seen on the Glover bird’s-eye illustration from last week. I believe the four houses facing the reservoir at the extreme lower left corner are still standing.

(City of Portland Archives)

East End Burnside Bridge, 1939

This nice aerial view looks east over the east end of the Burnside Bridge in 1939. While once having quite a few single family homes, the area is now almost exclusively industrial with very few homes left.

(City of Portland Archives)