Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905

The National Cash Register Company’s Lecture Pavilion at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.290.


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16 thoughts on “Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905

  1. The Oregonian — July 9, 1905, page 10
    Ohio’s Special Day — Ohio is to have its special day on July 13, when Governor Myron Y. Herrick, of the Buckeye State, will be at the Exposition. The exercises of the day, which will be given in the National Cash Register building at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, will be as follows: Music, Administration Band; address of welcome, President H. W. Goode; vocal solo, Mrs. Millie Perkins; address, J.J. Patterson; music, Administration Band; address, General Thomas M. Anderson; address, Governor Herrick

  2. Other than the Forestry Building, which burned down in the mid-60s, isn’t this the only building still standing from the 1905 Expo? It has a fascinating history, serving as a church, a bar, a theater, and even as an American Legion post over its more-than-a-century survival. Let’s raise a glass of Guinness to this worthy old establishment!

  3. @Robin Thompson No.



    Massachusetts State Building – The Massachusetts state exhibit clearly demonstrates the Classical Revival style from the broad, formal stairway leading to the two-story pedimented portico, topped by a grand balustrade. The Massachusetts building survived the fair and was relocated to the west side of Mt Tabor to a prominent site at the end of Hawthorne Blvd. Today the building is part of the Western Seminary Portland campus. Many of the city’s founding families came to Portland from Boston.

  4. Wow, the Massachusetts building is unrecognizable today. New facade, new windows, new dormers, columns removed. Would never even know its the same building.

  5. I could be wrong, but I don’t think the building on the Western Seminary campus is the old Massachusetts state building. From what I’ve seen, that building was moved, but not to what is now the Western Seminary campus. I’ve seen a couple of references that say it was moved to a spot near SE 53rd (or so) and Morrison, but that it burned in the 1950s. Still checking The Oregonian for a story about the fire, but here’s a site that shows the building in that location. This does look a lot more like the Massachusetts building (to me) than the one on the Western Seminary campus. https://tinyurl.com/y8rz9u78

  6. John Killen, Mass. Bldg.

    John you are correct. Some people are confusing two separate buildings. The Massachusetts building traveled up the Willamette river on barges and moved by horse power to its last resting place around S. E. 63rd & 65th. It operated as Crystal Springs Sanitarium, Nervous Diseases Only, under Dr. Waldo Coe. There were several later owners, the last was diary owner who went bankrupt and the place sat vacant for many years until it was demolished.

  7. Steven…no It’s not but I knew it would come up along with the awareness off all the other buildings people know about around town.

  8. I don’t know where that 65th and Belmont address at PDXhistory comes from, The Western Seminary at 5511 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. is the Massachusetts Building.

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