Thursday the 7th, they'll be on Zoom - so get your bookshelf and background all arranged!
|Evergreen Church building could be headed for change (2014)|
I am reading the word "conversion" to mean the building shell and structural elements would remain largely unchanged, and "live in a church" might be part of the sales and marketing appeal. As a concept for creative reuse it will have some merit.
But if it involves more demolition, it might just be a waste.
|Nearly Complete, October 14th, 1928*|
Designed by Lyle Bartholomew
It's also important to know if Evergreen Church is being displaced voluntarily or is being ejected.
I have sometimes thought the building would make a nice community center or restaurant. But apartments could be a good use also. (You may recall Northwest Hub started there in the basement of the church.)
The City's new Land Use Applications map didn't turn up anything active at the site, so this may still be in a preliminary conceptual stage.
At the moment this seems like a project worth having an open mind about.
The agenda items for the Portland Road apartment and Grant School landscaping removal might also be of interest.
* Full text of the newspaper article:
The First German Baptist church, Cottage and D streets, has been given the finishing touches this week and will be turned over to the building committee the first of next week. The church, built at a cost of $15,000 and with $1800 worth of new furnishings, is 44 feet by 6 feet and is two stories high. The structure was dedicated September 30.
Construction employed in the church is new to Salem. Face brick is bonded into a backing of hollow clay tile and the roof load is supported by brick piers. The face brick is light cream, with rusticated corner and the beads and sills are of light pink brick. The architecture is modern, with Gothic fenestrations in both entrance doors and windows.
The church auditorium and the balcony provide seating capacity for 600 people; the choir will seat 25 persons and the orchestra 20. Besides the auditorium, choir and orchestra, between which is the chancel with the baptistry back of this, other rooms on the main floor Include the robing rooms, the pastor's study and a room each for the orchestra and choir. Provision has been made in the plans for the future installation of a pipe organ.
The basement contains a general Sunday school room, which may also serve as a dining room, with a capacity of 350 persons; a primary room, three class rooms and a complete and modern kitchen with handy cupboard features and dish washing accommodations. In the basement are also the fireproof boiler room and toilet accommodations.
Other features of construction include:
Foundations and footing are of reinforced concrete and the main walls of brick and tile are 12 feet [inches?] thick.
The roof is a built-up fireproof roof. Heating is a direct steam system.
The ventilation system has been worked out with a system of adjustable louvers and air chamber under the roof, while the wiring, a conduit system, has been installed with pleasing results and guarantees a solf [soft?] illumination without shades.
According to pronouncements already made, the auditorium is acoustically perfect. This result was obtained by a covered ceiling.
The interior has been done in warm, inviting colors which blend from walls to ceiling and produce a delightful effect. Driftwood grey has been used in the study of the pastor, the Rev. G. W. Rutsch.
The edifice was designed and supervised by a Salem man, Lyle P. Bartholomew, graduate architect of the University of Oregon, and with the contractor, Fred A. Erixon. Mr. Bartholomew has received many favorable comments on the church.
Gustav Schuake is chairman of the building committee, the other members of which are: Don Schirman. H. Willecke, R. Perlick, H. Newman, Philip Lidke and the Rev. G. W. Rutsch.