Column Segments

Column Segments (HM2593)

Location: Salem, OR 97310 Marion County
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N 44° 56.292', W 123° 1.742'

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These Corinthian column segments originally were part of those that graced the west and east entrance porticos of Oregon's first state house. The cornerstone for the original Capitol was laid October 8, 1873. The building was partially completed and occupied on August 26, 1876. The structure, designed by architect Justice F. Krumbein, was totally completed (including the original dome) in 1892 for a total cost of $500,000. It was destroyed by fire April 25, 1935.

The bricks used for the inner core construction of these columns and for the building were made by convicts at the Oregon State Penitentiary. The limestone fluted veneer facings of the columns came from Douglas County quarries.

These segments were salvaged from several locations in Salem and vicinity during 1980 and were returned to this original location for the interest of historical preservation.

First Lady Mrs. Victor Atiyeh and Governor Atiyeh promoted the idea of preserving the column segments as a piece of Oregon's history. The columns were found in Mill Creek, near the residence of the Governor, and on the State 4-H property.
Mrs. Atiyeh worked with the Oregon Historical Properties Committee, Department of General Services employees, and personnel and inmates from the Oregon State Penitentiary to design and construct

this display.
Mr. O.H. Duncan was the construction coordinator for this project. In addition, many citizens donated time, talent and materials to this project so that Oregonians and visitors could enjoy a part of Oregon State government history.

Dedicated February 12, 1981
HM NumberHM2593
Year Placed1981
Placed ByOregon Historical Properties Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at 4:04pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 497709 N 4976085
Decimal Degrees44.93820000, -123.02903333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 56.292', W 123° 1.742'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 56' 17.52" N, 123° 1' 44.52" W
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Area Code(s)503
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 926-998 Court St NE, Salem OR 97310, US
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