W Burnside & NW 10th, 1927

In 1927 you may have come to the corner of West Burnside and NW 10th Avenue to stay at the hotel or do business with the Empire Transfer & Storage company. In the 1950s and 60s you might have watched your favorite KISN DJ through the “Window of the World.” Today you’re likely to buy your Dr. Martens shoes here.

W Burnside St and N 10th 1927(City of Portland Archives)

General Pants Co., 1971

It was probably hard to miss the General Pants Co. store while driving past. But the top floors showed the classic style and fine detailing of Portland’s cast iron building inventory. The 1883 Council building, at SW 3rd and Washington, fell to the wrecker’s ball sometime in the 1970s (this photo is from 1971). The site remains a surface parking lot today. The light-colored building to the right, the Waldo Block, remains; for years home to Elephant & Castle pub, it now hosts Mama Mia Trattoria.

By the way, the “Vines” on the clock was a department store. Anybody have any information on it?

(University of Oregon Libraries)