At the Multnomah Historical Association we’re concerned with the entire history of our area, not just the early days. Here’s a picture from Multnomah’s nadir, and the beginning of the ‘antique store’ phase.
By 1979 Multnomah’s days as a community shopping district were behind it. Former customers were patronizing Washington Square, Hillsdale, or a revitalized Downtown Portland. The post World War II generation of merchants were retiring and closing up shop. Vacant storefronts abounded. Resale and Antique stores moved in, beginning a phase that would last until Multnomah’s rebirth as a vibrant community center in the late 1990s.