More visual treats from the Gulch

The AH blog has been quiet lately because it’s been a very busy winter on many research fronts: specific homes and their builders and people; intersections that are undergoing significant change; the incredible story of three very specific long-lost panels of ornamental glass and the wonder of window restoration and sash making; puzzling questions about everything from street alignments (why is that bend there?), to front porches (what happened to my front porch?). Some interesting things to share in the weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, here are four fresh photos to wake things up a bit, echoing through from our recent series on Sullivan’s Gulch and the arrival of the Banfield Expressway.

You’ve driven past these buildings a million times: part of today’s big U-Store complex on the north side of the Banfield (I-84) at NE 28th, just west of the Hollywood West Fred Meyer.

Here’s a link to the installment from our Sullivan’s Gulch series that references the Doernbecher Furniture Company buildings, which you can still find today if you turn east off of NE 28th at Sullivan Street, just south of the Banfield. Go down that hill, through the tunnel, cross the tracks and take a look. The crossing is in the same place as it appears in this 19-teens photo above, courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society.

Here’s an even earlier westward view of the Gulch that we’ve come across, taken in the early 1900s just below where the State of Oregon office building is today on Lloyd Boulevard. The photo was taken to document progress on the trunk sewer that was constructed down the gulch (you can see it there in the bottom…the man is walking along the top of it). By triangulating the photo with old Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, our hunch is the houses on the brow of the gulch are at the corner of 7th and Irving. Look carefully, you can see the two towers of the Steel Bridge through the haze to the west.

Trunk sewer in Sullivan’s Gulch, looking west. From OHS photo file on Sullivan’s Gulch

The trunk sewer–and what went in it–was the source of legal wrangling between the various new subdivisions upstream that all wanted to dump their waste into it (but didn’t want to pay for it). The contents were still headed for open water in the Willamette River (not good), but the trunk sewer was an improvement over earlier more primitive ways of sewage disposal.

And our last gem below shows a 1930s view of the clubhouse at the old Lloyd Golf Course. This graceful building, now gone, sat near NE Irving at about 13th (across from Benson High School) and was the gateway to the old golf course.

Here’s more about the Lloyd Golf Course era, and one last photo below from AH reader Steve Goodman showing the building’s later days after the golf course was gone (and when Steve was learning to wash dishes in the dishroom of this very building).

Ireland’s Restaurant, sometime in the 1970s.

8 responses

  1. I remember the golf clubhouse as the restaurant Sweet Tibby Dunbar’s. I heard some great music from Tom Grant and other local musicians there. The place had beautiful wood work all over.

  2. Such good memories come back when I see the pictures of the golf clubhouse in your Sullivan’s Gulch article! My first job in high school in the early 70s was as a waitress when it was Ireland’s Restaurant. Sorry that such a beautiful building is gone.

  3. I really like getting these and wonder if you have ever done anything on Orchard Tender cabins. I live in one that had one room added in the 40s. They are all around my neighborhood (Concordia) and I’m curious if you have anything in your archives?

    Thanks, Venae

    On Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 3:37 PM Alameda Old House History wrote:

    > Doug posted: ” The AH blog has been quiet lately because it’s been a very > busy winter on many research fronts: specific homes and their builders and > people; intersections that are undergoing significant change; the > incredible story of three very specific long-lost pane” >

  4. Thanks for another great post. That picture of the sewer construction is really something – billboards even back then! Horses still helping out with the heavy work on a steep grade – it’s a real timepiece.

  5. Loved seeing the old Lloyd golf course building…had out 25th high school reunion from grant there when it was called Sweet Tibbie Dunbars..wish it were still there!

  6. Thank you so much for your research of Portland neighborhoods. What was the name of the clubhouse restaurant before it was Sweet Tibby Dunbars? My grandparents took us there at Easter time when I was a little girl, the trees were full of Easter eggs hanging on the branches. Probably late fifties into the sixties. Always look forward to your posts. Susan

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Thanks Susan. I believe it was first called Ireland’s, and then Sweet Tibby Dunbars and later the Polo Club before becoming the Point West Credit Union.

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