|Leslie Junior High School, 1927 - 1937 (2014)|
|Mitigation for Loss of Leslie Junior High School|
create a video to memorialize and document the history of the building and site. [The District] will also include educational information on site inside the new construction, such as a display panel. Your organization is invited to participate in the memorial project. Some ways to particpate include [etc.]I read the tone of this as weird. It's like a form letter! "Your organization" is not very specific and it also looks like they are trying to offload responsibility for the project onto the HLC. It does not seem to be a very thoughtful overture.
It will be interesting to see if the HLC has a similar reading or otherwise has any criticism.
|Picking the future site for Leslie|
March 6th, 1926
We probably have too much of a focus on the style of the building, its bricks and form and architect, and not enough on these other factors of its history. (Previous note here.)
In reading a little of the history, I learned that the District was explicitly naming schools after ministers! The relevant fact about Parrish and Leslie is not necessarily that they were early settlers, but that they were ministers.
One LTE claimed there was an interesting meteor or erratic in the nearby field and suggested it would make a good cornerstone. Is there a story about the cornerstone here?
Tuxedo Park was distant enough from the built up portion of the city that connections to the sewer would be expensive. And there were several gullies running through the field, and there are seasonal streams then that have been filled in. And what about the name, "Tuxedo Park," what aspirations and signalling is implied in that?
Finally, consider, too, how little really we remember about East/Washington School. Would we consider as adequate "mitigation" a 16mm film about the school made just before its demolition? (And is any video format today likely readable in 100 years, if we are still around? What meets an archival standard?)
|East School (later Washington School), circa 1886|
on the current site of the Safeway
between 12th/13th and Marion/Center
Salem Library Historic Photos
Historic Districts and Attempts to Insulate Neighborhoods from Change
|Existing Historic Districts in red, potential new ones in yellow|
Take the square in West Salem. That section in the Edgewater District is very much part of this circa Kingwood Park development from about 1910. And it is increasingly clear that historic districts - as opposed to individual listings - have the same primary function as building restrictions. That is, Historic District exercise some of the same exclusionary functions and are a licit successor in our contemporary zoning schemes. (See notes on the 1920s history of Salem zoning here.)
|Original plat for Kingwood Park, 1910 - Polk County Assessor|
|Kingwood Park ad touting building restrictions|
January 2nd, 1911
|Downtown utility wrap project locations|
Two new projects are very exciting. Apparently the 990 Broadway project is on hold for a bit, and they will be digging at the original site of the Jason Lee House. The photos in the Library's collection all say it was at 960 Broadway, and there's a mid-century office building on that site now. The Grier Building even has a plaque about the Lee House. So it's a little unclear how the vacant lot relates to the original house. It will be interesting to learn more!
|New projects for 2020|