This wonderful snowy view of Oak Street comes to us from the grandson of Albert Reed, who we believe was the photographer. I told you the unlikely story of how he got in touch with me in this earlier post of the Reed house on Oak Street. There's also some great bio material in the comments to that photo.
Some great details you may not be able to read. From left to right, we see: the newly completed (1910) First National Bank Building, the older bank building offering bonds and steamship tickets (along with Western Union Telegraph and Cable in its basement), Frank Cram's clothing store, Franz Hardware, and the Fashion Garage at the very end of Oak.
I don't know anything about the angel statue, except that it's in front of the building which was removed for the Butler Bank in 1924. That building appears on the Sanborn maps as variously "General Merchandise" "Groceries" and "Jewelry/Office". You can see it in one of our earliest blog posts. I wonder if the statue is in someone's basement.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
The old livery is still at the end of the street.
Yes, a beautiful statue and I wonder where it ended up. Had never heard of such a thing prior to this.....
charlott on 10th December 2013 @ 7:02am
The snow makes all of the flat roofs noticeable.
l.e. on 10th December 2013 @ 8:04am
Looks like a street light hanging over the center of the intersection?
Really makes one appreciate today's buried utilities.
Longshot2 on 10th December 2013 @ 11:07am
Amazing how similar this intersection looks today. Most of those buildings are the same.
It makes me appreciate central heat, double pained windows and insulation.
AndrewB on 10th December 2013 @ 11:53am
When the newspaper goes digital, maybe we will find out why the angel was placed there and what happened to it.
l.e. on 10th December 2013 @ 11:53am
I'm so intrigued over this statue!! Hoping someone knows of it's story.... I've never heard of or seen a pic of it before!!!
DeAnna on 10th December 2013 @ 3:31pm
Wow... sa ! HR Town & the angel are of interest- But look at Hospital Hill & Burdion Mt above White Salmon - .... Cool !!
Is that a real "barber pole" lower left corner- ?
steve on 10th December 2013 @ 5:40pm
I also am intrigued DeAnna. Not sure why, since statues usually don't intrigue me.
I was even looking up Albert E Doyle, the architect of the Butler Bank, wondering if he might have taken it to the yard of another building he had designed.
In the earlier photo, posted by Arthur, the building is quite attractive.
l.e. on 10th December 2013 @ 7:04pm
What year did First National Bank of Portland install their signature clock on all thier branches?
Bill P. on 22nd December 2013 @ 9:39am
The statue appears to be in front of the Ramona Hotel, a boarding house at the corner of 3rd and Oak. The 3-story hotel burned on June 16, 1912. I can't find any reference to the statue in the online archives of the Glacier or the HR News, so it remains a mystery.
Arthur on 8th February 2015 @ 1:40pm
If the dates on these two photos are correct, there seems to be a tremendous amount of changes in six years.
Ramona Hotel in 1905
l.e. on 9th February 2015 @ 8:32pm
Clock on 1st National Bank was installed sometime in the 1920's.
Ellen on 3rd March 2015 @ 1:50pm
The Landmarks plaque attached to the 1st National identifies the architect as R.R. Bartlett. The 2006 National Register application states that the architect was the prominent Portland firm of Whidden & Lewis with R. R. Bartlett as the local supervising architect. Whidden & Lewis designed many buildings at the turn of the 20th century including a good number still standing in Portland...City Hall, Imperial Hotel (Hotel Lucia), Multnomah County Courthouse. Also, A. E. Doyle (Butler Bank) started his career in the offices of W & L as a teenager.
Ellen on 3rd March 2015 @ 2:33pm
My earlier comment about the Ramona Hotel was incorrect. The Ramona was at 4th and Oak, not 3rd. 3rd and Oak was the F.E. Jackson Store, I believe in 1911. The store faced onto 3rd.
Arthur on 29th July 2015 @ 1:43pm
F A Cram closed his business in Hood River in April 1923 and moved his stock to Raymond, Washington. The J C Penney store then moved into the building previously occupied by the Cram store.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 17th March 2021 @ 5:32am