NE Union Ave & Russell, 1929

Today we find our Number Man standing on the west side of NE Union Avenue just north of Russell Street in 1929. The buildings still stand but look a bit different today. I suspect they lost a few feet of their fronts when Union was widened, the reason they were being documented here in the first place.

A2009-009.1034 2611-2629 NE Union 1929(City of Portland Archives)

NE Union & Thompson, 1929

A winter snow covers the southeast corner of NE Union Avenue and Thompson Street in this 1929 image. Although modernized over the years, the building still retains its basic configuration. The first few houses on Thompson were not so lucky; they’ve been razed to make way for commercial expansion.

A2009-009.1059 NE Union & Thompson 1929(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & SW 5th, 1928

Although this photo is labeled NW, I’m pretty sure it’s looking at the south side of Burnside at 5th Avenue. The Crown Zellerbach building (seen in upper left) was on the south side, and the buildings to the right appear to angle south of Ankeny. It was probably rare to see a lone woman walking in this part of town as we see here.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 6th Ave & Washington, 1946

This is a nicely detailed photo from 1946 looking north on SW 6th Avenue from Washington Street. Lots of terrific signage in this shot, including the highway directional signs. The only thing left standing today is that tiny sliver of a building seen to the far left edge.

(City of Portland Archives)

Olympian Buffet, c1911

The Olympian Buffet, “a lunchroom for men as well as a high-class saloon,” opened in 1906 at 309 Washington street (now between SW 5th & 6th Avenues). The Olympian Buffet would eventually become Kelly’s Olympian (seen here at the same location, same building, in 1939). Just past the Olympian was Meve’s Restaurant at 311 Washington where a full Thanksgiving dinner could be had for $1.00 in 1918. Construction material is for the Holtz building being constructed to the far right. It was renamed the Mead Building in 1931 and still stands on the northwest corner of SW 5th and Washington.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

Perkins Hotel, 1955

The 1890 Perkins Hotel, on the northeast corner of SW 5th and Washington, had seen better days by the time this 1955 photo was taken. The Golden Steer, gazing down from the corner tower, had been removed in 1907, returned to its place of honor in 1924, and again removed in 1957. The whole structure was demolished in 1962. The steer is currently in storage at the Oregon Historical Society archives in Gresham. I’ve uploaded a 1981 The Oregonian feature article about the Perkins Hotel, part 1 and part 2.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW Stark Street, 1949

This view of SW Stark Street is looking east between 6th (to our backs) and 5th Avenues. Traffic is one way these days and the Loeb Building is now a parking lot (and a food cart nexus).

(City of Portland Archives)