The Forestry Building, 1905

Here we a have a picture of two women sitting in the upper balcony of the Forestry Building. This image really displays how massive the support logs were. Keep in mind, this image is from 1905. Imagine what they must have gone through during the constructions of this building. It is truly spectacular!

Two women on upper balcony of Forestry Building

Two women on upper balcony of Forestry Building, 1905 : 7200-03


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19 thoughts on “The Forestry Building, 1905

  1. Looks to be a fake/composited photograph from decades before Photoshop (or personal computers) ever existed. The scale of the women doesn’t relate to the flowers or the furniture, and the images of the women exhibit much greater contrast and sharper focus than the background. The perspective is a bit off, too. It could also be the case that the women are being photographed in front of a mural of the forestry building, but that doesn’t fully explain the other problems with this photo.

  2. When looking at the picture on efiles does not look in any way fake or composited. Just the shadows make it look a little off but that is all.

  3. Considering the finery sported by the woman on the right, one wonders whether these two may have been Corbetts, Failings, Ladds, or Couches.

  4. bobrpdx, I think you have seen too many photoshops. Everything looks to correct scale to me. There is nothing unusual about the roses.

  5. You see that roll on the upper right hand side I think that is a fire hose. This burned down whenI was a kid. I wish I could have been able to go inside before.

  6. When I was a child in the fifties my family visited the Forestry Building a couple of times. I wanted to go up to the balconies, but they were unsafe and closed.

  7. By the size and bark pattern I would say those are native Douglas fir trees, but the garlands of cones seem to be from a white pine

  8. @bobrpdx and Dave: I think the issues you see with the photo can be explained by a combination of two things: variations in light/shadow in the original image resulting in the variable sharpness(i.e. the bright areas are sharper), and the weird contrast (especially the very dark areas) is typical of artifacts I’ve seen from digitizing B&W photos.

    That table *does* look mighty huge, but I think it’s just a case of forced perspective.

  9. Bobrpdx has a point about the picture. It actually reminds me of looking at an old time 3d picture. I think it is the lighting coming strongly from the left side and the right side through the windows along with the flash of the cameraman making only the woman sitting very close to the big log have a dark shadow while also being lit up on the same side by the daylight.

  10. I remember seeing smoke and the glow of fire that evening from my Grandparents house on NE 15th and Alberta. Always regretted that I was to young to have visited it. Amazing building, and a testament to the industry that built this city.

  11. Mike G I was able to see the smoke from my folks’ place on NE 16th & Stanton. I was 15 at the time but regrettably had never seen the building.

  12. We lived on Kings Heights and I attended Chapman School – visited the Forestry building many times – truly one of the greatest losses to Portland when fire destroyed the building. Enjoy the photos..

  13. Wonderful picture! it looks as though they expected the worst, judging by the water hose reel. I haven’t seen many interior shots, thanks!

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