Probably the most interesting site of the bunch is the old Larmer Transfer and Storage site.
|The south building in 2010 - ghost signs! See the big L|
|Two warehouses on Liberty/Broadway|
Aerial of the Larmer Storage block
|The north building, from the tour January 5th - SJ photo|
|What's up with this hedge? (2011)|
|Hop bales at Larmer's, 1945 - Salem Library Historic Photos|
|1950 Sanborn map shows rail siding still|
I'm sure there's an older history of the site as well, as it is right across from the location of the first mill and from Boon's. It can't have been just empty. But casual research hasn't turned up much on that, unfortunately.
Just up Broadway, the site is nearly kitty-corner to Christo's and relates to the redevelopment of Salem Cinema, the former YWCA, and Broadway Commons. According to the article, Mayor
Peterson said she was not a fan of building a big government building on Broadway, because it would not blend with the mixed-use vision and could involve uprooting existing residents and businesses.Between the two northern sites, the O'Brien car lot parcel seems greatly superior because there is no nascent mixed-use pattern immediately adjacent to it. It's more surrounded by voids, and a hypothetical redevelopment of it would seem farther off.
Maybe more to the point, the O'Brien parcel is dull and lifeless right now, and the Larmer site shimmers with mystery still. I hope it's not leveled mindlessly for a Police Station.
I forgot about this great old photo taken from the mill on Mill Creek looking east.
|The Larmer site and Boon's, 1880s|
(notes added; the original is a large image with lots of detail!)
Salem Library Historic Photos