Have you ever seen this architectural ornament? I promise it's in Hood River, and I promise anyone who's been to Hood River has walked by it many times. This photo was taken in 1980 by someone doing a survey of architectural ornaments in our city.
There's a good lesson here. Take some time to look up and appreciate the little details in our buildings. I failed this test. Even with the address I was sure the notes were in error, but they're not!
There are two of them actually. One is above Andrew's Pizza and the other is on the same building on the West end. (Above where the travel agency use to be. No idea what is currently in that part of the building.)
OrMtnMaid on 29th June 2020 @ 8:52am
in addition to exercise..this is the reason we do Volkswalks….gets us around communities out of our cars to "smell the roses"....amazing some of the detail that was put on homes and buildings in the past. now I need to find that pizza parlor on our next trip to HR.
Arlen Sheldrake on 29th June 2020 @ 10:19am
In the 1940's and early 50's, I lived across the street from this building. But I don't remember this design. Was this building constructed after I lived in that area?
Bill Seaton on 29th June 2020 @ 2:03pm
Arlen, the pizza parlor is in there about where the old Garrabrant's Chevrolet was. No Bill, that building had been there a long time.
Nelson on 30th June 2020 @ 7:04am
thanks Nelson....now I know where it is.
Arlen Sheldrake on 30th June 2020 @ 8:44am
Some history of this building (107-109-113 Oak Street): Harry DeWitt built it in 1919 as the Mt. Hood Motor Company. In the 1930s it was the Greyhound bus depot. It later became Garrabrant Chevrolet, as noted. It had a major fire in 1947. It was remodeled into "Cascade Mall and Travel" in 1979, and now houses Andrew's Pizza, Skylight Theater, and some other businesses.
This ornament was probably purchased from a catalog , as was common in the period.
ArthurB on 30th June 2020 @ 9:35am
I remember that fire. Remembering driving into town with my Dad the day or so after it happened. Was that not where the original Safeway was, prior to going down to Pietro's?
Charlott on 1st July 2020 @ 7:37am
Yes, Charlott, our records show Safeway occupied part of this building.
ArthurB on 1st July 2020 @ 3:06pm