Jack and Jill’s Tavern (featured yesterday) ran a floor show in the 1940s-50s that apparently featured Las Vegas-style showgirls. “Jack and Jill’s Elations” seems to have changed shows weekly, running such show themes as “Glamour Strut,” “Fifth Avenue,” and “Let ‘er Buck.” Bud Holland, who was kind enough to send this program, says that the club was a hotbed of gambling and corruption at this time. The club was outside the Portland city limits, out of reach of the mayor’s office and police, but the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office had corruption issues of its own.
Jack and Jill’s Tavern operated from the early 1930s at least into the 1950s at 16321 Base Line Road (SE Stark Street now). The night club offered dinners, music and dancing, and stage plays. It’s the site of a pizza parlor now, whose building is listed on portlandmaps.com with a 1926 construction date. Probably the same basic building with many improvements over the decades. Thanks to Roxanne for sending this in.
The c1892 Coeur d’Alene Building and the 1883 Spaulding Building on SW 1st Avenue between Clay and Columbia are highlighted in this feature article in The Oregonian of August 1, 1965. The one-page feature, outlining plans for the a second urban renewal project just north of the South Auditorium Urban Renewal District, can be seen here.
(The Oregonian. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com)
This 1951 photos shows recently completed channelization work at NE 82nd and Halsey, islands to control traffic and improve lighting and safety at the intersection. At this time the overpass would have been over just the railroad tracks as the freeway had not yet been built. Rocky Butte can be seen in the distance to the northeast.