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Oregonian Building

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Identification

Oregonian Building
198976

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
romanesque revival

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Fire Insurance Maps indicate this building was 133 feet to the main roof, not including the prominent clocktower at the corner of SW Alder Street and 6th Avenue.
  • On March 25, 1922 radio station KGW went live with its iniitial broadcast from their 11th floor studio.
  • The Richarson-Romanesque style tower was the tallest in Oregon when it opened.
  • The building's rooftop was used to gather temperatures and rainfall data for U.S. Army Signal Corps from October 1892 until June 1902.
  • The Reid Brothers designed this building from their offices in San Francisco in 1892.
  • The tower was demolished in the early 1950s.
  • The main section of the building stood 9 floors, and the tower added 4 additional stories, one behind the clock face.
  • The clock pendulum was 9-feet long and weight 100 pounds.
  • The Oregonian Building was the first steel-frame building constructed in the western U.S.
  • The clock was fashioned by E. Howard & Co. of Boston.

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Location

601-615 SW Alder Street
537 SW 6th Avenue
615 SW Alder Street
Downtown
Downtown
Portland
Oregon
U.S.A.

Technical Data

203.00 ft
133.00 ft
13
1
1892
2

Involved Companies

Reid & Reid

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