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