|Used to be a laundry|
|Front page for Thanksgiving|
For before it was the furniture factory, it had a long history as a laundry.
Without even being a sketch, here's a few notes. Maybe there will be more to say another time if more turns up.
|An older, wood-framed building, early 1900s |
(Willamette University, Paulus Collection)
|More or less the current building, circa 1930 |
Capital City Laundry: Oregon State Library
Note the Oregon Electric lines and tracks on Broadway
|"Ungrateful help" - December 25th, 1906|
|This ad centers race in the laundry business|
January 15th, 1891
Here's an ad from after the sale in early 1907 - and with a Thanksgiving-themed ad right next to it!
|"We are a new firm" - November 28th, 1907|
|Laundry not high value, but still significant|
July 11th, 1912
|February 26th, 1914|
They talk about remodeling and modernizing. The assessors office dates the current building to 1920.
A subsequent ad from 1918 says "We now have one of the most modern plants in the Willamette Valley," talks about "scientific management," and about the size of their investment. All this suggests the building, or a good part of it, does date from between 1914 and 1918.
In style, however, some elements of the building seem more like something from the 1930s.
But all in all, this is evidence that at least part of the current facility dates from the late 19-teens.
|May 30th, 1918|
Just down the street, of course, is The Hub, and one more block down it is interesting to remember that the old grocery store that Christo's is in used to be a furniture factory also. The Hub, Barrel & Keg, and Christo's all use old grocery stores. These old streetcar era boxes have proved very useful as low-cost space for start-ups. So it's great to see the laundry building also find a use.
- Salem Steam Laundry and moving the first Methodist Church
- City Laundry and Bennett Hotel
- And in the Library's photo collection, Sung Lung Washing and Ironing, 1889