A reader of Lost Oregon sent the following to me. Any clue to where this once stood or if in fact it was ever built?
I just purchased this very cool neon sign design proposal / rendering [see above] at Hawthorne Vintage and am trying to find out more information about the building / business itself. It was found last fall at the estate sale of Anne Boyd, whose longtime companion Robert Darnielle owned a place called “Darnielle’s Supper Club” in the 70’s (can’t find any info. about this place either). Word is The Clock actually existed at some time in close-in NW, but I have been unable to locate anything about it.
No idea, but that’s very cool.
I believe The Clock was off of Russell Street and Williams. If I remember right it’s the building that has the Truck front on it now. I don’t know when it changed, but I would have last seen it in the late 80’s.
It seems that Darnielle’s Supper Club was in in the building where the East Bank is now on Broadway. Again, if I remember right, it was a Jazz club that closed in the 60’s and played host to many of the Jazz Greats. I think I read that in a book about Portland’s Jazz scene.
Hopefully my memory isn’t as bad as I think it is and this is actually useful!
Hi Rick – thank you so much for the comment and history of The Clock. Just for the record, your memory is wayyyy better than mine! 😉
I checked my 1974 phonebook and found that Darnielle’s Supper Club was located NW 24th and Vaughn, the Clock was not listed. I hope this helps!
“I checked my 1974 phonebook…”
That’s awesome on so many levels. Thanks for the info!
Super painting–I love it. I might be inspired to paint one like it myself. You made a very good acquisition. What is so good about it is its unusual perspective, which seems primitive. But the atmosphere is sophisticated. I don’t remember this establishment, unfortunately.
There are a couple random 50s and 60s Portland city directories posted online that are great for things like this.
Thanks for the great resource, Tim!
Following up on Sputnikmoss’ great use of the phone book we broke out two of ours and found that in both the 1959 & 1963 phone book The Clock was listed at 1949 NW 24th.
No mention of Darnielle’s that early though.