E Burnside & Union, 1933

The 1894 Burkhard Building dominated the northeast corner of E. Burnside at Union Ave. in this 1933 photo. The building “arcades” on either side of Burnside were the result of a street widening project in the late 1920s. The Burkhard Building was demolished the next year.

(City of Portland Archives)

N. Broadway & Larrabee, 1937

Coming off the Broadway Bridge eastbound looks surprisingly the same now as it did in 1937 considering the massive changes that this area have undergone. Looking to the right from this spot today would show those changes in the form of Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Garden arena. Note the “Subway” entrances, what I assume to be underground street crossings. Click here to see an aerial photo of this intersection and surrounding area from 1948.

(City of Portland Archives)