Dekum Building

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The Dekum
Portland Historic Landmark[1]
Dekum Building - Portland Oregon.jpg
The Dekum Building circa 2007.
Dekum Building is located in Portland, Oregon
Dekum Building
Location 505–519 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′10″N 122°40′31″W / 45.519464°N 122.675225°W / 45.519464; -122.675225Coordinates: 45°31′10″N 122°40′31″W / 45.519464°N 122.675225°W / 45.519464; -122.675225
Built 1891–92
Architect McCaw, Martin and White[2]
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80003363[3]
Added to NRHP October 10, 1980

The Dekum or the Dekum Building is a historic office building in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[4]

With its rusticated sandstone base, over-scaled arches at street level, and stone carvings, the eight-story building is a strong example of Romanesque Revival architecture. It was made completely from materials found in Oregon. Completed in 1892, it is named after Frank Dekum, a German immigrant who opened Portland's first candy shop. Construction cost $300,000 in 1892 dollars. During construction, masons reportedly consumed beer instead of the usual coffee.[2]

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  1. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved October 31, 2013 .
  2. ^ a b King, Bart (2001). An Architectural Guidebook to Portland. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 0-87905-991-5. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  4. ^ McMath, George A. (March 20, 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 

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