Diane Putnam

Diane Putnam

Posted on 05/18/2018


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The Royal Society For Putting Things On Top Of Other Things

Fragment from demolished "Egyptian building"

Fragment from demolished "Egyptian building" 

Originally the Balsiger Ford dealership built in the 1930s. Knocked down last summer due to severe deterioration in the concrete. It went many years with random tenants and without proper structural maintenance. We're lucky this didn't get stolen and end up in the British Museum! ;-b (Hey, that's a joke!)

My photo from a few years ago:

Former Ford dealership, the

There was a lot of controversy and anger about the city council deciding to demolish it despite an outcry from the community. The city had owned the building for several years with vague plans to restore it after a catastrophic roof failure under heavy snow. The Oregon State Historical Preservationists felt it would be eligible for National Listing and tried to arrange meetings with the City to discuss that goal. They were ignored. My feeling was that this city has little going for it in points of interest and it was awfully cavalier for the council to not make a serious attempt to save it.

"This iconic building was once described by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art as: 'One of the finest examples of Egyptian Revival architecture in the United States.' " klamathwritersguild.org/gpage3.html

buonacoppi, Andy Rodker, Pam J, kiiti and 9 other people have particularly liked this photo


24 comments - The latest ones
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Great detail and original building !
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you, Marie-claire! It was a very interesting building!
2 months ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Nice shot.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Stormlizard
Thanks, Stormlizard!
2 months ago.
Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Brilliant Diane,eddie,xx
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Edward Bowthorpe
Hi, Eddie - thanks!
2 months ago.
Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
What an intriguing building. Unfortunate decision.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Smiley Derleth
Yes on both counts, Smiley. This is the sort of City/County gov't that does things like that. ;-(
2 months ago.
Peggy C
Peggy C
I remember that building !

What a waste .... there are always some who see no reason to preserve buildings that speak of the history of an area.

Who has this fragment? Is it safe from the city?

Guess I'd best stop right here ..... but-

To ignore the citizens, looks like some people need to be replaced .... after all, aren't they supposed to 'work' for the citizens ?
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Peggy C
It's in the window of an office, so it was probably salvaged out of the rubble. There is a much larger piece at the County Museum that the demolition crew saved purposely, but the concrete was so deteriorated that I think getting a piece that large was the best they could do for "souvenirs." Ignoring citizens, of course, but they are very conservative people voted in by very conservative people. Nothing new, here.
2 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
This building has a real Art Deco look to it and it's from the right period. It looks quite lovely and it seems a shame it was demolished instead of restored.

Cracking shot by the way!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Keith Burton
Thank you, Keith, and I certainly agree!
2 months ago.
photosofghosts
photosofghosts
Oh, what a pity !
All the best
Fabio
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to photosofghosts
Thank you, Fabio! Not QUITE as old and certainly not as gorgeous as anything in Italy, but for a small American city it was unique.
2 months ago.
Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
Great detail!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Meral Alkim
Thank you, Meral!
2 months ago.
GrahamH
GrahamH
And now the city council is selling it to a property developer who gives generously to some of the council's member's election campaigns? Or will it become Walmart or Home Depot.
Thanks for posting and for the info Diane.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to GrahamH
I can't imagine what they'll do with the property. Not Walmart, they don't build inside cities, only way outside so they can have their 40 acre parking lot - and we already have one!
2 months ago.
kiiti
kiiti
In a certain country, I'm doing a wonderful job of "to destroy it by choosing to destroy choices other than collapse".

It is a wonderful building !!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to kiiti
Haha - yes, I understand. Actually, this was a bad safety issue, because we do have occasional earthquakes in southern Oregon. But, I still think they could have worked harder to restore it! Thanks, Kiiti.
2 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
City Council vandalism
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Pam J
Yep, but with a Red city council in a Red region of Oregon, it was probably inevitable that there wouldn't be an effort to get funding, somehow, to restore it.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
What a travesty and a tragedy. it was beautiful (imho).
It reminds me of the Hoover factory in Perivale, but this time there is a happier outcome. Similar art deco style and a renowned landmark on the A40 leading out of London westwards (no Egyptian elements though). The factory was demolished and replaced by a Tesco hyper-market but the entire frontage was retained and it looks no different from the road now than it did in the 1930s.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Building
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to Andy Rodker
That's more like it! Thanks for the link, I can see how people wanted it saved.
2 months ago.