Great detail on this 1940 image looking down on N. Broadway (bottom-left to upper-right) crossing Wheeler Avenue; N. Flint Ave. shoots off to the top. The building at upper-left and center-right are still with us, the rest are gone.
Another dramatic view of the 1938 grand opening of the Associated service station (selling Flying A premium gasoline) at W Burnside and SW Broadway. Mike Slama contributed this beauty, a companion piece to his first image of the same event.
This is a great Depression-era photo of the area just off the west end of the Ross Island Bridge. Contrary to the marking on this photo, this is not actually Water & Gibbs Streets. The house at far right still stands at Corbett & Grover, putting Water & Gibbs out of frame to the right. I believe this was taken from the sidewalk on Front Ave. just south of Woods Street. Compare with this aerial photo of the same area showing this debris-filled lot at left center. Thanks to VP fan Craig Rowland for passing this on.
We normally associate the Commonwealth Building with the Pietro Belluschi-designed Equitable Building on SW 6th between Washington and Stark Streets. This Commonwealth Building stood on the southwest corner of SW 6th Avenue and W Burnside. I’m guessing this was demolished during the Burnside widening project of the early 1930s. I believe that’s the Broadway Hotel (now Helen M. Swindells Building) across Burnside reflected in the window.