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)

Aerial View, W Burnside & 10th, 1940

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.

(City of Portland Archives)

West Burnside & 10th, 1939

To the legions of fans of Powell’s City of Books store, this is a very familiar intersection. Looking southwest, West Burnside angles off to the right, while SW 10th crosses the bottom left of the photo. Fortunately, most of what we see here still exists. See another view of this location from a different vantage point here.

(City of Portland Archives)