|Front page today: Beginning the Demolition on|
First National Bank (1947)
|Medical Office on Center Street (1948)|
|Breitenbush Hall at the State Hospital (1950)|
Entry in the HLC "This Place Matters" Contest
1. Willamette University Library/ Smullin Hall, 900 State St., 1938
2. Willamette University Science Building, 1941
3. Willamette University Baxter Complex, 1943
4. Willamette University Doney Hall, 1948
5. Oregon Statesman Printing Plant, 280 Church St. NE, 1944, at risk
9. YWCA Building, 768 State St., 1946-52
10. Marion County Courthouse, 100 High St. NE, 1950
|Post's Carnegie Library (1912), Belluschi's YWCA (1952),|
and Belluschi/Doyle Pacific Telephone and Telegraph (1930)
|One of the Reliefs:|
Logging and Timber
For more discussion of the bank see here. For all previous posts on Belluschi see here.
Update, July 23rd
In a history note from the Sunday paper, a few more details:
The bank replaced a Shell service station on the southeast corner of Liberty and Chemeketa streets NE....Update 2, August 14th
The bank previously was on the first floor of the original First National Bank Building, now known as Capital Center. Work on the new site began Feb. 4, 1946, and it was completed the following year in March....
[I]n a statement given to the Oregon Statesman [sculptor Littman said]:
“Above all, I wished to keep my sculpture in harmony with the character of the building. From the structural point of view, I was concerned about creating a type of form appropriate to local light conditions; from the point of view of emotional expression, I strove to express man’s relations to his environment and livelihood and to show this relationship as an affectionate one.
“Continuity, harmonious relationship, between products of the state and the forms of the people involved in the cultivation of these products, are indicated in the ‘Hop Picker’ and in the ‘Horticulturalist’ (names of the reliefs). I have attempted to express the concept of natural strength, vitality and importance in the figure of the ‘Logger.’
“The third relief on each side shows an animal group, a cow and calf on the left and sheep on the right — livestock so intimately invested in the economy of this region.
“Our concern with learning, progress and the outside world is expressed in ‘Education.’ This represents a meditating girl student with a book and globe.
“Finally, in the highest row of carvings, I found it fitting to conclude the composition with the bolder geometric shapes of factories and mechanical equipment representing ‘Industry’ and ‘Commerce.’ ”....
City treasurer Paul H. Hauser opened the first account in the new building, a deposit for the city of Salem.