Multnomah Historical Association

Then and Now – Annie Bloom’s 0

Then and Now – Annie Bloom’s

This summer we did a series of “Then and Now” posters for Multnomah businesses. The posters features a vintage image of the building housing the business, a small inset image of the current facade, and a brief history of the building. Over the next several weeks we’re going to publish...

Front, Postcard of House in Multnomah, ca. 1920 0

Another Mystery House

I’m always scouring ebay for anything related to Multnomah, and every so often I find something. This time it was a postcard. Do you know this house? Two clues would be the wrap around porch, which may be gone, and the gambrel roofed building or addition on the left side...

Multnomah Station Blueprint, Front Elevation, ca. 1908. Courtesy Le Meitour Gallery. 0

Multnomah Station Blueprints

Multnomah Station is the building on the left side of the above image. The station, and it’s accompanying power plant, were the first structures in the future city of Multnomah, then Multnomah Station. John’s Market now occupies the site. Our thanks to Yves Le Meitour of Le Meitour Gallery for...

Colorized Neon Shell Service Station Sign on Barbur Boulevard, Night View, ca 1952. 0

Shell Neon Sign on Barbur Boulevard

On the right side of this image of Chiliville, I noticed the Shell Service Station sign. Here’s a closer view of the sign. Barbur Boulevard between SW Terwilliger Boulevard and Tigard was once home to an incredible array of neon signage. Now, the Capitol Hill Motel sign is all that...

Chiliville, 9130 SW Barbur Blvd., ca. 1950 0

Chiliville

We’ve been slowly but surely cataloging the hundreds of 4×5 black and white negatives Multnomah Photographer Ed Colvin took during the 1950s. Every once in a while we run across a gem, one that shows us something new, something we never knew existed. A few days ago we found nine...

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MHA Open House 6/23, 5 – 8:30 PM

The Multnomah Historical Association is holding an open house at the Mary Becker Lyman History Center at 2929 SW Multnomah Boulevard. We will exhibiting in the first floor conference room, and giving tours of the library in suite #107. Come join us Monday, June 23, from 5 to 8:30 PM....

Ghorrmleys Service Station 0

Ghormley’s Service Station

Earl Ghormley operated an Associated Service Station at the corner of SW Capitol Highway and SW Garden Home Road, where Handy Andy’s is located. Part of the old service station is still in use as part of the Handy Andy’s building. One of the men in the picture is probably...

Laying the Cornerstone, Multnomah School, 1923 0

Multnomah School Cornerstone

With the coming of the Oregon Electric Railway in 1908, people began realizing the area’s potential as a future center for the southwest area. Multnomah Children first went to school in Hillsdale and later to West Portland. It wasn’t long before they began talking about a school in Multnomah. A...