Friday, April 16, 2010

The Oregon Journal

The Oregon Journal doesn't exist anymore, but it was Portland's daily afternoon newspaper from 1902 until 1982.  The building in this picture was the home of the Oregon Journal from 1912 to 1948. By 1948, the newspaper had outgrown the building and moved into a building on Front Avenue that had originally been the Portland Public Market. The building has since been demolished. However, the building above is still standing, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  1. It's a shame a paper with a history like that is out of business.

  2. Funny thing--I remember the Oregon Journal. I lived in Wilsonville most of my life and the name brings back all kinds of great memories.

    Thank you for posting this.

  3. The building is now called Jackson Tower, and fronts Portland's central urban plaza, Pioneer Square. The building is nicely finished in glazed terra cotta, like several others in the vicinity, and has a festive night time presence due to 1000+ light bulbs intergrated into the facade.
    While it is a fine structure, another building for a 'Journal' newspaper, the Capital Journal in Salem (about 40 miles south of Portland) actually played a much more important role in architectural history, even though it was never built. Designed in 1931 by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building was the prototype for the world renowned S.C. Johnson headquarters of 1936 in Racine, WI. It is a magnificent structure, and fortunately, open for tours if you should ever find yourself in the vicinity.

  4. Anonymous, I can't believe you have been keeping this a secret from me.



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