Portland Then/Now: SW Park Ave. & Yamhill & Taylor St.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The black and white photograph you see is taken from the corner of Southwest Yamhill Street looking south.
This street, over the years, has been the place for a bus terminal as well as many small businesses, including at the turn of the last century the much-missed Vat and Tonsure, Rock N' Roll Fashions, Hamburger Mary's and Crocodile Records. This particular photo is much earlier than that, circa 1933, according to Vintage Portland.
The Admiral Hotel (now apartments) is still located on the corner of Southwest Taylor. Beyond is the Old Heathman Hotel, now Park Tower Apartments.
In the early 00's the block was replaced by the 27-story Fox Tower.
It was named for the theater that resided just down Southwest Taylor Street on Southwest Broadway from 1911 to the late 1990's.
Movies still have a place in the neighborhood. First run and art films are showcased in a multi-plex movie theatre, and the Fox Tower on Southwest Park is also home to Flying Elephant's Delicatessen and RingSide Fish House. Director Park's opened in 2009 directly across the street.