Thanks to photographers Drew Nasto and Craig Powell,
and for the various locations for allowing me to use historic images to place
into sketch format to commemorate the projects!
I hope to have time to do two of these to cover many of
Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for 2016.
I started with the following locations:
the Rivoli Theater; the Jantzen Beach Carousel; the Wong Laundry Building;
the Chateau at the Oregon Caves NM; and the Fort Rock Homestead Museum.
I used the images above, some of my own, and took great liberties with imagination.
The design issue is how to layout the images so that they flow
but hold prominence on their own. That challenge is fun for me!
The Rivoli Theater was built as a brick commercial storefront in 1900.
It opened as a theater in 1922, and became an important gathering and entertainment center in downtown Pendleton. Vaudeville and silent movies and talking Hollywood films played into the 1940s. Television’s popularity in the 1950’s took a toll on the Rivoli, but there are now plans to turn it into a cultural center once again.The Jantzen Beach Carousel was built by the Charles Wallace Parker Company in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1921. C.W. Parker, the “American Amusement King,” built only three or four carousels the size of the Jantzen Beach Carousel. It lived for a short time in California before moving to the amusement park built by the swimsuit family in 1927.
The horses are spectacular, and many were hand-carved by inmates of the Leavenworth Penitentiary. The amusement park’s popularity peaked during the 1940s, and it was largely dismantled, but the merry-go-round was in use until recently. Portlanders have fond memories of the carousels, and when posting updates to friends, many remember riding the horses or have memories of their parents talking about trips to visit the horses on the merry-go-round. The Merry-Go-Round is no longer present on site.
Restore Oregon working with local partners to find strategy to restore and relocate.The Wong Laundry Building, located at 239 N.W. Third Ave, Portland,
was built in 1908 by Alexander Ewart. It is symbolic of immigrant struggles and work ethic in Portland’s Chinatown and Nihonmachi, or Japan-town. Vacant and water-damaged since a fire in 1970, members of the community hope to restore it as a combined commercial space, event space, and interactive museum.The six-story Chateau at the Oregon Caves NM was built in 1934.
It has been featured in the Great Lodges of the National Parks, and is part of a larger development that includes a chalet, several employee and rental cottages, and a visitor’s center, all under consideration for National Register status as part of a district.
The buildings were all constructed between 1923 and 1941. The Chateau is the most outstanding of these structures. The building also holds one of the largest collections of Mason Monterey furniture, also in need of expert conservation. The Fort Rock Homestead Museum is located in Fort Rock, Oregon.
The Fort Rock Valley Historical Society conceived and promoted the development of a homestead museum to preserve the Fort Rock Valley’s pioneer heritage. As a result of the society’s efforts, the Fort Rock Valley Historical Homestead Museum was opened in 1988. It is a collection of original homestead era buildings assembled in a village setting, including the Fort Rock General Store. Most of the buildings contain historic items used by local homesteaders including furniture, dishes, household products, and tools.
Inked sketches on a handmade Arches Journal with a Platinum Carbon pen.
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