Dan Hackenow has a great post up on Cafe Unknown about 19th century Portland Banker John C. Ainsworth, the bank he founded, and the beautiful Victorian gem he built, that, in the 1950s, was deemed less important (i.e. lucrative) than a parking lot.
For fifty-nine years, the northwest corner of Third and Oak has been the site of a parking lot. For the seventy-four years prior to that, it was occupied by something more; a center of finance and trade, then, art and music. The Ainsworth Building.
Read the whole post: The Ainsworth Age.
The photo, via the Cafe Unknown post, is by Marion Dean Ross, and it resides in the University of Oregon collection.