eat Salem will nose out the details, I'm sure!) I've seen workmen there in the past month and, not so coincidentally, there's going to be a hearing before the Historic Landmarks Commission next Thursday to modify the storefront window system and facade. So it definitely looks like something is cooking there!
Hopefully the remodeled storefront will look more like the facade of Wild Pear than The Brick.
While I'm on the topic of style, all through the late 19th and early 20th centuries you could buy plans and even entire houses by mail order - kit houses sold from merchants like Sears. The catalogues and other pattern books furnished a basic design vocabulary.
|1909 Sears Kit Homes & Pattern Book via Sears Modern Homes|
|Pringle Square: CB|Two|
|Hillsboro Wrap NW 231st Project: Hillsboro Argus|
|Eugene Capstone Project: Humphreys & Partners|
via SW Oregon Architect
Now, it's not like there's not other patterning going on in Salem. Here's two window grids with a heavy cornice awning.
|West Salem Clinic, CB|Two|
|Broadway Commons, CB|Two|
Even Waterplace has a variation of the cornice on part of it.
Of course there's the problem of budget. In part because of too-expensive construction and the wrong approach to pricing, both the Meridian and Rivers condos are languishing, mostly empty, in the market. Pringle Square must sell and it must pencil out for the developer. So top-shelf design may not be possible for Pringle Square. Still, it's a showcase development of adaptive reuse on the waterfront, the City has made lots of concessions and may yet offer more in order to make the development a success, and getting better design in return should not be such a challenge. With the path along Pringle Creek and links to Riverfront Park, it also will have public and quasi-public space on it. There has to be some lovely, some delight, some beauty in the design!