Matt Davis of the Portland Mercury is on the hunt for an architectural white whale.
He’s written twice now hoping for information on and access to the old Portland Gas Company Building on Highway 30. I have to admit I have been pretty fascinated buy the old hell-hole too. In fact, I have talked to dozens of people who are desperate to see the inside.
Most of what I know about the building is from a 2001 Portland Tribune article. It is from the turn of the century (obviously) it was an office building for Portland Gas and Coke company (what a strange combination) and its current owners have no plans to sell it or tear it down. I can also recall hearing that the clockworks that once rested in its tower are somewhere on the Oregon State University campus.
What I don’t know is what it looks like inside and that is what I and Matt Davis and countless others desperately want to know. He teamed up with Portland Architecture’s Brian Libby and was resoundingly shut down in his attempts to view the inside. There has got to be a way!
So do you, my scant readers, have any helpful information. If you do please! let me know! Also head over BlogTown Pdx and let Mr. Davis know as well.
I have learned that the location of the original clockworks is in Benton hall on the Oregon State University campus and that the work was facilitated through an alumnus of the school named David Parsons! It appears that the move came in 1988. Does anyone remember this? Does anyone know who David Parsons is and if he can be reached?
There is apparently a file in the OSU archives containing Mr. Parson’s notes on the move. Perhaps it could be helpful!