The anniversary was also celebrated in the most recent issue of the newsletter by the Historic Landmarks Commission.
|Salem Landmark, Spring 2015|
But there's one important detail that's not quite right.
The city awarded the contract to build the school to the firm of Snook and Traver. The total value of the contract was $20,130.13. The city also paid architect George Polk $400 to complete plans and specification. In October 1915, construction on the McKinley School was complete.But the architect wasn't George Polk, he was George Post.
|October 9th, 1915|
Designed by Architect George M. Post, the building is regarded as much the best in this district, and has been constructed with economy and efficiency.And the Statesman agrees.
|Statesman, January 1st, 1916: Geo. M. Post, Architect|
|Post's Carnegie Library, Belluschi's YWCA,|
and Belluschi/Doyle Pacific Telephne and Telegraph
|The house is still there today, near Kearney and Saginaw|
Post's work is also at least somewhat related to that of Louis Hazeltine, as for a while they were in practice together, and without diving too deep into it, it seems that there might be some cross-or shared-attribution on some buildings.There's probably a few more houses of Post's out there still standing, too, but we don't have a very good handle on lists of buildings designed by the second rank of architects in Salem. The first rank of the Knightons, the Lawrences, the Belluschis are mostly known, but not the next tier. It's not like there's a bunch of masterpieces out there that we don't know about, but there's a lot of handsome construction whose history and associated names have just gone down the memory hole.
Here's another one standing! And it features a "vacuum heating system."
|Post's McGilchrist Block, circa early 1950s|
Salem Library Historic Photos
Love these old trade journals!
Sp the just-renovated McGilchrist block was also designed by Post.
Interestingly, the National Register nomination for the Downtown Historic District is not aware of this, and the fact may not have surfaced during the construction and rehab.