|Medical Clinic Designed by Pietro Belluschi at 13th and Center|
Another reader pointed out by email that a broker's website lists it for sale as "land." So demolition looks all too possible.
|The Coldwell Banker listing is for "land" and not a building|
Pietro Belluschi of Portland was an internationally known architect and a key innovator in the development of an elegant modernism, especially in residences suited to the materials and climate of the Pacific Northwest. His work won him widespread admiration and resulted in his appointment as dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology....During the second half of the twentieth century, Belluschi was a major architectural visionary in Oregon and the United States. He was admired for his use of fine craftsmanship and careful detailing, his response to regional conditions, and his preference for classical clarity of form.He was a big deal. Preservation of the building might not have been possible, but that its demolition would occasion no debate and happen in silence in Salem would be a travesty.
If true, where's the Historic Landmarks Commission when you need them?! How is it possible to get a demolition permit without raising flags? WTF! Geez.
Here is the best list I have of Salem buildings he designed (#7 now gone, and #6 looks to follow in the State Hospital redevelopment):
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
6. Oregon State Hospital, Breitenbush Hall, 2600 Center St. NE, 1945-50
7. Clinic for Clark Campbell and Wulf, 1280 Center St. NE, 1948
8. First National Bank of Portland, 280 Liberty St. NE, 1947
9. YWCA Building, 768 State St., 1946-52
10. Marion County Courthouse, 100 High St. NE, 1950
Drink a toast tonight, friends. Raise your glass to Pietro Belluschi.
Update later Tuesday evening
A demolition permit was issued October 3rd. Here's info on it from the City's Permit Search (can't link directly to the permit unfortunately):
|Details on Demolition Permit from City's Permit Search|
|Timeline on Permit: August 21st - October 3rd|
Update, October 16th
|In Pietro Belluschi: Modern American Architect,|
Meredith Clausen dates the clinic to 1946 (p. 415)
|Looking west, Thursday the 10th|
|Looking north towards Safeway, Monday the 14th|