While the tower of the First Congregational Church featured in yesterday’s post dominates this photo, what really caught my eye was the graceful Second Empire-style Madison Park Apartments on the right. It was completed in 1908 on the southeast corner of SW Park at Madison Street. A fire in December 1972 killed two people and extensively damaged the building. It was demolished in 1974.
This 1936 photo looks west on SW Main Street from 6th Avenue. The Broadway Theater is just behind the Mobilgas billboard, and the old Masonic Temple Building, now the Mark Building and part of the Portland Art Museum, is in the left distance.
The New Heathman Hotel, at SW Broadway and Salmon, presented a much more commercial face to passersby in 1948 than it does today. Most of the windows along the Salmon Street side are closed over now, and the cluttered drug store is now the slick Heathman bar and the hotel entrance. Only one tower remains on the First Congregational Church on the next block south.
A lot has changed in Portland since 1935 but this view north on SW Broadway from Madison Street has enough landmarks to make it recognizable today. The most notable changes are the Portland Center for the Performing Arts building now on the left, and the 1000 Broadway building that replaced the Broadway Theater on the right.