LibrariansAnnex

St Johns Bridge as the Annex on The Librarians

In Grimm The Librarians TV Locations Uncategorized / Dec 22, 2014

One of my Portland goals has always been to take the perfect photo of the St Johns Bridge. Its always been my favorite bridge in the city and its gothic arches makes it a fun project to photograph.

When I heard the TV show The Librarians was going to be filmed in Portland, I made a mental note to watch it. Fantasy? Magic? Humor? It sounded right up my alley. I enjoyed the pilot and second episode, and not just because my favorite bridge has a starring role.

Or rather, one of the structural supports of the bridge has a starring role, as the Annex of the Library is part of the St Johns Bridge. Or rather, the exterior of the Annex is filmed at the base of the bridge in Cathedral Park. Please, please, please, don’t try to open the doors and go inside.

 

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The St Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon.

 

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The Annex on the TV show The Librarians. Note the green doors.

 

 

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Another view of the Annex.

 

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View of the Annex from up the hill.

 

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You can find Cathedral Park on the North side of the bridge.

A few notes about the bridge:

The bridge spans over the Willamette River on the north end of Portland, connecting the St Johns neighborhood to highway 30/the industrial area around Linnton.

Allegedly, Cathedral Park is haunted by the ghost of Thelma Taylor. In 1949, fifteen-year-old Thelma was kidnapped and murdered in the area that eventually became the park.

The park was dedicated in 1980 after neighbors, led by Howard Galbraith, raised funds to, basically, turn a junkyard into a park. Now you can picnic, go to a yearly summer jazz concert, fish from the dock under the bridge, and more in the park.

The area that’s now Cathedral Park was once a fishing ground and (maybe) full-time village for a local Native American tribe. It also might have been one of Lewis and Clark’s landing sites in Portland.

Grimm has also filmed on and around the St Johns Bridge.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Can/Am CamoCampClubCo-op January 18, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Really “Goth” looking Bridge. More should have distinctive designs like this one.

  • Reply Don Ward January 20, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Hello Garrett,, This is such an awesome looking building,, Is there a link or site that tells the history of the annex,, Why it was built,, What is was/ is used for,,??? It would be interesting to see photos of the interior if there are any,,Thanks for your time, Don Ward

  • Reply Don Ward January 20, 2015 at 12:34 am

    P.S. Other than the obvious reasons,, and the large cage securing the doors,, why not open the doors,, are the doors ever opened,, Thanks,, Don Ward

    • Reply Kelly January 20, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      That’s a good question. I’m not sure what’s inside the doors of the structure at the base of the bridge. There are cables that attach to the opposite of the base (so the opposite of the doors) and this might be why there’s a structure at this end of the bridge.

      Check out the drawings at the bottom of this page:

      http://www.callaac.com/History/StJohnsBridge.html

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