Dekum Building

Dekum Building (HM37)

Location: Portland, OR 97204 Multnomah County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 31.158', W 122° 40.508'

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German immigrant Frank Dekum amassed a fortune during Portland's explosive early history with his confectionery business. The massive Dekum Building, completed in 1892 at a cost exceeding $300,000, used exclusively Oregon materials in its construction. The brick masons drank beer instead of coffee on their job, according to one old timer whose duties as a boy had been to haul the large pails of beer up to them.

The architects of the Dekum Building, McCaw and Martin, made an audacious break from the cast-iron architecture of the 1880s. They adopted the new, lesser-known designs of Richardsonian Romanesque, characterized by massive rough-cut sandstone pillars on the ground level and red brick surfaces with cast terra-cotta ornamentation on the upper stories.
HM NumberHM37
Placed ByThe State of Oregon
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 525372 N 5040692
Decimal Degrees45.51930000, -122.67513333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 31.158', W 122° 40.508'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 31' 9.48" N, 122° 40' 30.48" W
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Area Code(s)503, 971
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 519 SW Third Ave, Portland OR 97204, US
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