N Broadway & Wheeler, 1940

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.

(City of Portland Archives)

Associated Service Station, 1938

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.

(Mike Slama)

SW Water & Gibbs St, 1936

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.

(City of Portland Archives)

Commonwealth Building, 1928

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.

(City of Portland Archives)