One building is in Salem, and a group nomination has several representatives nearby in rural Marion and Polk counties.
|Historic Preservation League: Most Endangered Places|
Phillips House in middle photo
|Red dots show demolished houses; black dots show remaining.|
Several remain in Polk and Marion counties.
The building in Salem is the Dome Building at the State Hospital on the north parcel slated for sale and redevelopment.
|Dome Building last fall|
|Dome Building in winter, South facade|
But the scale of a good mixed use redevelopment at the State Hospital will be perfect for bike travel to downtown, to many employers, and for many errands.
The Pioneer Farmsteads are often set back from the road, invisible to speedy car travel, and most accessible by bike. They are also spaced out at horse-and-buggy or footspeed distances, and bike travel is perfectly suited for traversing these. I would argue that there's a harmony, a fitness, between bike travel and the disposition of 19th century farms. And as people on bike we should be more attentive to them.
There's a cluster of black dots in Keizer and it will be interesting to learn more about it.
As the weather will be glorious this weekend, as you're out-and-about, be alert for really old buildings! They might be some of the early settlement farmhouses!