Dekum Building

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The Dekum
Portland Historic Landmark[2]
Dekum Building - Portland Oregon.jpg
The Dekum Building circa 2007.
Dekum Building is located in Portland, Oregon
Dekum Building
Dekum Building is located in Oregon
Dekum Building
Dekum Building is located in the US
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[3]
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 80003363[1]
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.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved October 31, 2013 .
  3. ^ a b King, Bart (2001). An Architectural Guidebook to Portland. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 0-87905-991-5. 
  4. ^ McMath, George A. (March 20, 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 

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