Last week’s Help Us Out from the City Archives took the difficulty up a notch from previous mysteries; it took until the relatively late hour of 9:22am before it was identified. Bonus points to Jim for correctly identifying the Zeta Psi building. We have very little to go on today, other than that it seems to be an Oregon National Guard building being constructed sometime around 1910. Your mission: find out where this building was (or is). Good luck!
We’ve looked at this intersection from the ground several times before, but this is the first time showing any detail from the air. And lots of detail it has. W Burnside cuts from top-right to bottom-left while NW 10th passes in front of the old armory building at top-left and into Southwest Portland on the right. SW Oak angles in from upper-right.
Parking is only slightly harder to find now than it was in 1921 on this block of NW 10th between Burnside and Couch. Powell’s City of Books is on the left now. Across Couch, the First Regiment Armory building today is half what it was then; only the 1891 annex, on the north half of the block, survives.
Surprisingly, the Pacific Coast Biscuit Co. building looks today pretty much like it did in 1917. The biggest difference is that the top floor of the building at the far left has been removed. The soldiers are probably members of the Oregon National Guard, attached to the Portland Armory building, which is just at the photographer’s back. We’re looking northwest at the corner of NW 11th and Davis.