Wells Fargo Building (Portland, Oregon)

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Not to be confused with Wells Fargo Center (Portland, Oregon).
Wells Fargo Building
Historic Wells Fargo Building - Portland Oregon.jpg
Wells Fargo Building (Portland, Oregon) is located in Portland, Oregon
Wells Fargo Building (Portland, Oregon)
Location in Portland
Alternative names Porter Building
US National Bank Building[citation needed]
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 309 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′18″N 122°40′39″W / 45.521620°N 122.677575°W / 45.521620; -122.677575Coordinates: 45°31′18″N 122°40′39″W / 45.521620°N 122.677575°W / 45.521620; -122.677575
Construction started 1905
Completed 1907
Roof 56.4 m (185 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 12
Floor area 20,903 sq ft (1,942.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Benjamin Wistar Morris, III
Wells Fargo Building
Portland Historic Landmark[1]
Architectural style Neo-Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 86002839
Added to NRHP October 9, 1986

The Wells Fargo Building is a historic office building in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. The large doorstep at the building's entryway required the largest slab of granite ever shipped to Portland at the time.[4] Completed in 1907, the steel-framed building is considered the city's first true skyscraper. At 12 stories and with a height of 182 feet (55 m),[5] it was the tallest building in Portland[2][3] (and indeed in all of Oregon),[citation needed] exclusive of towers,[5] and remained so for four years. The clock tower of the 1892-completed Oregonian Building, which measured 194 feet (59 m) in height, made that building the tallest in the city overall.[5]

In 1946,[6] the building was purchased by the United States National Bank of Portland, whose headquarters was located in a smaller building located directly adjacent, immediately to the south. U.S. National Bank used the Wells Fargo Building to expand its downtown Portland headquarters.[7]

In 1986, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

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  1. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved November 13, 2013 .
  2. ^ a b Wells Fargo Building (Portland, Oregon) at Emporis
  3. ^ a b "Wells Fargo Building". SkyscraperPage. 
  4. ^ King, Bart (2001). An Architectural Guidebook to Portland. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith. p. 25. ISBN 9780879059910. 
  5. ^ a b c "Yeon Skyscraper Starts March 10". (February 6, 1910). The Sunday Oregonian, Section 4, p. 12.
  6. ^ "$875,000 Annex for U. S. National; Porter Building Pioneers City's Steel Construction". (September 26, 1946). The Oregonian, p. 18.
  7. ^ Pratt, Gerry (October 28, 1970). "Bank Offers Bonus: New Life to Old Area". The Oregonian. p. 38. 
  8. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 

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