Greyhound Maintenance Garage, 2008

Fans of the old Greyhound maintenance garage at SW Water Avenue & Sheridan Street will be saddened to know that it no longer exists. Alert VP reader Ian Fraley alerted me two weeks ago that it was being torn down. By the time I could get down there, only a pile of debris remained. You can see the building in this 1964 aerial photo with a bit of discussion about it in the comments.






Building Demolition, c1930 – Help Us Out!

The City of Portland Archives provided this photo enlisting your help in finding the identity and location of this building. The photo comes from the Portland Fire Bureau and is dated circa 1930. It’s a fine example of Portland’s early inventory of cast-iron architecture that obviously didn’t survive. This is a tough one as there is very little to go on and this does not appear to be one of the better known cast-iron buildings. I have my own theory, let’s see what you come up with. Enjoy and good luck!

Found: Zeta Psi Building, NW Front Ave. & Davis St.

(City of Portland Archives)

Edgar Oscar Doud House, 1966

Posts about both the Marcus Delahunt house and the John W. Kern house generated comments about the long-gone house on the southeast corner of SE 54th and Morrison. That was the 1878 Edgar Oscar Doud home. Here is the story of the Doud family, the house, and its demolition in 1966.

(The Oregonian. Retrieved from

Altamont Apartment Building, 1904-2010

The Altamont Apartment Building graced the southwest corner of SW 5th Avenue and College Street for over 100 years. Probably not architecturally noteworthy, and certainly not historically significant, it was nonetheless one of the few remaining early 20th century buildings of any size left in this part of town. It was demolished this month, the site destined to become a 16-story housing unit for the Portland State University campus. The home to its right on College street, built in 1880, is gone too.

(Both photos – personal collection)