20 thoughts on “Forestry Building, 1948

  1. Mike, I agree. I wonder if the contents would be about the same as they were in 1905 — our discussion in the “related” entry for the building in 1905 does have descriptions (by Johnny Mnemonic). Of course, four decades in between could certainly have changed what people were interested in viewing….

  2. How many thumbs down will I get this time if I mention that the Glacier Park Lodge employs a similar aesthetic? Calling all Negative Nellies…

  3. I agree, Robert. I never saw the Forestry Building and it obviously was a beautiful structure. I have seen Glacier Park Lodge and, it too was a beautiful edifice. Each area of the country has a vibrant history. We should all celebrate that which makes us great.

  4. The Glacier Park Lodge has a sign in the front lawn area letting folks know that the inspiration and model for the lodge was the Forestry Building. The Lodge is great, the Forestry Center was magnificent.

  5. Those pathetic little fire extinguishers we spot here and there are poignant reminders of the failure to plumb this invaluable structure with sprinklers. The maintenance of existing infrastructure, one would think, to be a priority of any government, but no. Maintenance funds are regarded as a source of plunder by the craven and the spending adverse. We go on paying the real price seemingly without objection. Just saying.

    What a loss.

  6. Mike if you enlarge the photo you will be able to identify some of the items in the glass cases, I can see dishes/china, pine cones, 2 taxidermy items of a turtle and a lizard I think. I looked a news archives but only found descriptions of the larger taxidermy exhibits, a miniature logging camp and the 85 species of trees grown in Oregon etc. I also learned that organ music played as you toured the Forestry building.

    Oregonian June 2, 1905 p. 17
    The Forestry building was probably passed through by nearly everyone who visited the grounds. The rumble of footsteps rolled among the giant columns and echoed through the rafters. Meanwhile an organ high up in a gallery at the end bellowed its resonant music till the sound of footsteps was drowned.

  7. a tree on the left looks like it has a slash high in the bark, and has been oozing sap for decades. as much as wanting to have seen this when brand-new, i really would have liked to have smelled it when brand-new.

  8. From a distance, I can make out teapots and porcelain items, linen or leather garments of some sort, Indian arrowheads, knives, jewelry, key chains, a round cutting board, and a large pot, pine cone art, wood whistles, wood ax handles or Indian pipes?
    Framed matted forest photographs. Lots of empty display cases in this shot.

  9. Susan, the way I have posted photos here is via any online photo storage service (Google, Flickr, iCloud, etc.). After uploading the photo navigate to it in your web browser and copy the address. You can paste that address to a posting here. The link will have to be clicked on to see the photo. The photo will only be accessible here as long as it exists at that location.

  10. From the Wikipedia entry for Glacier Park Lodge: “The Lodge was based on the Forestry Building at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland, Oregon.”

  11. Let m assure you, the exhibits and the items in the display cases were fascinating! I went there when I was a Cub Scout in the mid-1950s, and the displays were magnificent. They occupied the interest of a bunch of us boys for well over an hour; nobody but the scout master wanted to leave! I got my parents to take me back there at a time when we could spend more time exploring. Mike, I remember the miniature logging camp, complete with a model-train logging railroad. That model-railroad might have been added after 1905. The exhibit of all the trees found in Oregon was very instructive. I went back there later as a Boy Scout when I was working on a forestry merit badge to bone up on my tree knowledge. Seems like later the mezzanine level was closed off because of structural problems. Does anyone recall if a shorter-than-normal forest fire lookout tower occupied one end of the floor? You could climb up to the top and look out. But I may be thinking of somewhere else — not sure now. What an interesting place, And yes, when we went to Glacier Park Lodge in my teens it sure reminded me of this distinctive building.

  12. Robin Thompson the miniature logging camp was part of the 1905 exhibits, and the Oregonian described it in a story on July 9, 1905 page 32.

    One of the most interesting of the many exhibits in the Forestry building is a miniature logging camp, which shows the modern methods of cutting and handling timber. It shows a forest with many of the trees leveled, and through which runs a logging railroad. The logs from the summit of a mountain are “snaked” to the railroad below by means of a cable and pulley. They are raised from the ground to the cars by a crane run by a donkey engine. As soon as the cars are loaded, the engine starts and the train disappears in a tunnel, returning in a few minutes to receive another load. It requires two men to operate the exhibit. From morning until night there is invariably a large crowd watching the operation of this splendid reproduction of a logging camp.

  13. ssssteven — thanks so much for the instructions on posting photos. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again here: it would be really nice if there were a VP “how to” page to which we could all refer for hints such as yours, and instructions for posting the “today view” from Google Earth, etc. I’m betting Igor would have some things to add to such a page!

  14. that building was built to last just look at those 3 level tall columns huge 5 foot diameter wide solid wood Doric columns just beautiful sadly it burned down because of bad outdated wiring never should have happened !! city of Portland should re build it just as it was 100+ years ago god bless old buildings !

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