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.
Simon and Helen Director Park, located just two blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland’s City Center, is a photographer’s dream: from great people watching to the interplay of nature, highrises, and artistic structures. It’s the scene of music performances, picnics, chess matches, and kids-play in the water feature. This photo was taken across the street from the park. The yellow of the tree caught my eye. The trees framing the building, which houses Pendelton below, seems to melt into the sky.