Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905

Buildings constructed for the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905. The building on the far right is the Agriculture and Horticulture building.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.381.


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9 thoughts on “Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905

  1. It’s really quite unfortunate that at least a few of these buildings were not preserved. My hometown City of San Diego held an exposition in 1915-17, The Panama-California Exposition, and they preserved and maintained their buildings to the delight of many generations of visitors.

  2. Except for the forestry building, these were never intended to survive. They were built with inexpensive materials that would not last more than a few months. The land had already been sold for industrial development.

  3. The Exposition did survive in another small way – my neighbor here in Ocean Park lives in the Door House, built of tall doors (used and unused) from a tourist hotel on the fairgrounds.

  4. Two of the buildings from the 1905 exposition were moved to other locations in Portland. The National Cash Register building is now the McMenamins Pub & Theater at 8203 N Ivanhoe in St. Johns, and the Massachusetts State building was moved to the North slope of Mt. Tabor near SE 66th & Belmont. The Oregonian on June 23, 1940 (page 85) has a story of how the building had fallen into disrepair, and it is said that it burned to the ground in the 1950’s.

  5. This must be early in the construction phase. Another photo shows that things got more crowded later:

  6. All in all, a huge production where the dust of mergers had just barely settled into a city smaller than modern-day Eugene.

  7. There is a Greek Revival house on Overlook Terrace in North Portland that is alleged to be a rescued Lewis & Clark Exposition pavilion, as well.

  8. I had been inside the Forestry Building many times when I was a youngster and when the sun shone through the upper windows you could really see all the the wood dust from the logs floating in the air; it was also said that they were working on putting in a sprinkler system, but that the building spontaneously combusted due to the dust and heat of the day.

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