January 5

Flashback: City Hall's lost neighbors

A photo from the Portland Press Herald's archives shows two small buildings that occupied a corner lot behind Merrill Auditorium. They were sold to the city for $5,000 and demolished.

By Christian MilNeil cmilneil@pressherald.com
Online Content Producer

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The black-and-white photo above, taken on March 3, 1965, was reprinted in the July 26, 1980, edition of the Portland Evening Express with this caption:

"Corner property at Cumberland Avenue and Myrtle Street which will be purchased by the city to square off City Hall block. The site is occupied by a small apartment building and a vacant store. Tentative price is $5,000. (By Staff Photographer Olson)"

The 1965 photo is a scanned digital copy of a 1965 print from the Portland Press Herald's archival collection. Find more historic photos at www.pressherald.com/flashback.

Contemporary photo by John Ewing, Staff Photographer.

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