SW Washington Street, circa 1951

SW Washington Street looking west from SW 6th Avenue, circa 1951. This image shows the street after implementation of the “one way” grid. The Plaza Hotel, United Artists Theatre, Weiners, Sherman Clay, Payless Drugs, and Roblee are visible.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2005-001.697

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2005-001.697


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SW Broadway & Morrison, 1964

These gentlemen were busy striping the crosswalk on SW Morrison at Broadway on a sunny day in 1964. The Nordstrom store would later move south across Morrison, and the high-rise Marriott Hotel would replace the two-story building two blocks down on the east side of Broadway at Washington.

(City of Portland Archives)

Eisenhower in Portland

President Dwight D. Eisenhower is riding down SW Broadway in this undated LIFE magazine photo. I believe this is 1956, as he made a west coast swing in October of that year during the presidential campaign. He’s riding in the “bubbletop” 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan limousine which I don’t think would have been available to Ike in 1952.

The cross street immediately behind him is Washington Street. The Plaza Hotel is now Hotel Vintage Plaza and the Bank of California building replaced the Union Pacific and Liberty Theater block on the left.