Saturday, October 29, 2011

AIA Oregon Top 25 List Omits Salem Landmarks

Over at Portland Architecture and Southwest Oregon Architect, folks are talking about the Oregon chapter of the American Institute of Architecture's 100 favorite buildings.

Neither top 10 list has anything from Salem. Nor does the top 25 list on the AIA website. In truth, Salem probably doesn't have any top 10 architecture - but you know, the Capitol has to be on the top 100 list. Maybe the Supreme Court building? First Methodist? What do you think? What are the most architecturally distinguished buildings in Salem?

Here's the top 10:
Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood (1937)
William I. “Tim” Turner, Gilbert Stanley Underwood

Mount Angel Library, Mount Angel Abbey (1970)
Alvar Alto

Commonwealth Building, Portland (1948)
Pietro Belluschi

US Bancorp Tower, Portland (1983)
Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Pietro Belluschi

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland (1984)
William Martin

Portland Central Library, Portland (1913)
A.E. Doyle

Gordon House, Silverton (1964)
Frank Lloyd Wright

Memorial Coliseum, Portland (1960)
Skidmore Owings and Merrill

The Watzek House, Portland (1937)
John Yeon

Crown Point Vista, Corbett (1918)
Edgar Lazarus
What's the top Salem building?

(And where are the Salem architects in the conversation!?)

Also, on architecture, it's nice to see Waterplace merited LEED Platinum certification. It'll be really interesting to see how the building is viewed over time!

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