SW 2nd & Washington, 1940

The intersection of SW 2nd & Washington, here looking south, seemed to be a crossroad of streetcar rails in 1940. The 1885 Portland Savings Bank building on the southwest corner would last another decade or so. Long-time Vintage Portland followers can probably guess what’s on that property today.

A2005-001.854 SW 2nd at Washington south 1940(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & 21st, 1953

Astute VP followers zeroed in on the distant white building with arches in yesterday’s post. Opened in 1926 as DeHoney’s Ballroom, it reopened in 1936 as the Uptown Ballroom, as seen in yesterday’s image. It was sold and had a grand opening as the renamed Palais Royale in October 1943. It held its last dance New Years Eve 1962 and was demolished the next month. With the exception of the ballroom, this 1953 photo is not much different from what you’d see today.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 2nd & Alder, 1939

The finer parts of Portland had moved a few blocks south and west by 1939, leaving this section of SW 2nd looking south toward Alder the realm of the working man. Work clothes, billiards, Army surplus and hardware stores mixed with restaurants, hotels and drug stores. Anybody remember the old Dahl & Penne Card Room (awning on the left behind the hardware sign)? It came down in the mid-1980s.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 4th & Washington, 1946

It appears to be a bustling lunch hour looking north on SW 4th Avenue at Washington Street in this 1946 image. The Funland Arcade was housed in the 1912 Merchants National Bank/Hibernia Savings Bank building. The next year the building would lose it’s stately bearing and be given the sleek, modern remodel you see today. More on this tomorrow.

(City of Portland Archives)