Fans of the old Greyhound maintenance garage at SW Water Avenue & Sheridan Street will be saddened to know that it no longer exists. Alert VP reader Ian Fraley alerted me two weeks ago that it was being torn down. By the time I could get down there, only a pile of debris remained. You can see the building in this 1964 aerial photo with a bit of discussion about it in the comments.
The City of Portland Archives provided this photo enlisting your help in finding the identity and location of this building. The photo comes from the Portland Fire Bureau and is dated circa 1930. It’s a fine example of Portland’s early inventory of cast-iron architecture that obviously didn’t survive. This is a tough one as there is very little to go on and this does not appear to be one of the better known cast-iron buildings. I have my own theory, let’s see what you come up with. Enjoy and good luck!
Found: Zeta Psi Building, NW Front Ave. & Davis St.
(City of Portland Archives)
The building directly behind Skidmore Fountain in yesterday’s post is shown here in its final days. Its whole history is a bit fuzzy but the 1870’s-era stone building was apparently the first U.S. customs house in Portland. Other uses over the years included a furniture warehouse and, as was seen yesterday, home for the Pacific Tent & Awning Co. Thanks to Bud Holland who supplied this terrific 1957 photo showing the beginning of the demolition process. The building was leveled for a parking lot. Click here to read a 1957 article from The Oregonian about this building.