South Park Blocks, 1959

The South Park Blocks, SW Park Avenue between SW Madison Street and SW Main Street, 1959.

 

City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2001-045.967.

 

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Joseph Shemanski Fountain, 1967

The Joseph Shemanski Fountain is located in the South Park Blocks between SW Main Street and SW Salmon Street, 1967. Joseph Shemanski gave the fountain to the city in 1926. For more historical information on the fountain and the South Park blocks, click here.

 

Joseph Shemanski Fountain - South Park Blocks between SW Main Street and SW Salmon Street, 1967: A2001-066.219

Joseph Shemanski Fountain – South Park Blocks between SW Main Street and SW Salmon Street, 1967: A2001-066.219

 

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Park and Civic Center Proposal, 1932

This 1932 proposal for a Memorial Park and Civic Center never made it past the model stage. This image (west is up) shows the Portland Heights neighborhood at top right and veteran’s hospital complex at left bottom. Note that the path of the proposed Foothill Boulevard at right closely matches the path of today’s Foothill Freeway (I-405) which wouldn’t appear for another 30 years.

A2009-009.1532 memorial park civic center 1932(City of Portland Archives)

SW Park Avenue, 1940

This 1940 view is north on SW Park Avenue just south of Market Street. The apartment on the left is the extant Parkway Manor. SW Park doesn’t look nearly this wide now, does it?

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Park & Hall, 1962

A sunny day at Portland State College brought out people to enjoy the South Park Blocks in this 1962 photo. We’re looking northwest toward Park & Hall across the way. The house in the center was home to the Vedanta Society of Portland for a number of years during this period.

(City of Portland Archives)