Fox Theater, 1911-1997
The "Orcas of the Oregon Coast" mural was painted by the artist Wyland on the back of the Fox Theater wall in 1993. At 120 feet long by 60 feet high, it towered over Vat and Tonsure, Crocodile Records, Rock 'n Roll Fashions, The Spot, and Hamburger Mary's (a favorite breakfast spot of mine).
The entire block was demolished in 1997 to make way for the 27-floor Fox Tower, opened in 2000. This view is from SW 9th and Taylor.
Thanks one more time to thrift store cowboy for use of his "before" photo.
Here's a Portland Mercury interview with the Greg Higgins who was the Heathman Hotel's executive chef during the late 1980s. Near the end of the interview he talks about what this area was like then.
If you're in the mood for more reminiscing, here are some more people talking about what we've lost in the downtown core over the last couple of decades.