Photographer’s Corner: The Hawthorne Bridge

Built in 1910, the Hawthorne Bridge is a truss bridge with a vertical lift that spans the Willamette River in Portland — the oldest vertical-lift bridge in operation in the United States, and the oldest highway bridge in Portland.

This photo was taken from the offices of Travel Portland, Portland’s official agency for tourism.

 

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Photographer’s Corner – The Sky’s No Limit

Although the Cosmopolitan On the Park Condominiums in Portland’s Pearl District (opened in 2016)  is one of the city’s tallest buildings, on days when there are blue skies and puffy white clouds it almost seems to disappear. The design is a kind of anti-urbanism. Who says development need be ugly?

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Photographer’s Corner: ‘Tis the Season

The “Animals in Pools” public art near Pioneer Courthouse Square drew smiles and photographers when someone added a little Christmas color to the bronze statues.

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Portland Humor: Sign of the Times

Portlanders love their signs. You can’t help smiling.

Merchant humor in the St. John’s neighborhood.

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Photographer’s Corner: Evening Lights

Looking downtown from the the #15 bus stop at 12th and Morrison.

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Photographer’s Corner: Portland History & Holiday Cheer

Fire Station # 17 – 2018
Fire Station # 17 – 1915

For a history buff, there is nothing more exciting than finding a picture of a building taken in its heyday and then comparing it with how the building looks today, especially if it has been lovingly restored. A local resident in Portland’s Nob Hill / Alphabet District (824 N.W. 24th Ave.) for nearly two years has been renovating Old Firehouse # 17 (hence the green fence) as a personal residence.

The outside is as fresh looking today as it must have been when it opened in 1912. We particularly like the owner’s sense of humor, displaying a large inflatable dragon in Christmas colors. At Halloween, it was a large black spider.

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