Exchange Building, c1955

The Exchange Building on SW 6th Avenue between Alder and Washington Streets is no longer home to a Fred Meyer store but it’s still standing at age 110 years. Built in 1902, it was a part of the Olds, Wortman & King Department Store, whose main building at SW 5th & Washington butted up against the back of this building.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW 4th & Morrison, 1938

Portland rain drenches a heavy lunchtime crowd of pedestrians and vehicles in this photo looking north on SW 4th Avenue at Morrison. 4th Avenue carried two-way traffic in 1938.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW 6th & Morrison, 1953

It could be holiday shoppers crowding the sidewalk outside the Meier & Frank building in 1953. The photo was taken from the top deck of the new parking lot that replaced the Portland Hotel (and was then replaced by Pioneer Courthouse Square). A block down 6th, the 1926 Bedell Building (now Cascade Building) seems to have a lovely two-story arched entrance that is no longer there.

(City of Portland Archives)

N Interstate & Lombard, 1956

The Fred Meyer store and two gas stations still anchor corners at the intersection of N. Interstate and Lombard Street as they did in 1956, but the photographer whould now be standing in the middle of the Max tracks headed toward the Expo Center.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Sandy & 41st, 1934

The Hollywood neighborhood was a bustling scene, even in this depression-era 1934 photo. Looking east on NE Sandy at 41st, I believe the striped awning across 41st is a Fred Meyer store. The Rose City streetcar heads towards downtown.

(City of Portland Archives)