Guest photographer Tom Miller brings us another one the cool old buildings he manages to find in the rural areas of our lovely state. I’m guessing it’s an old church. Thanks, Tom!
This is the back of a building. A blue building. The back of it. I think I mentioned that. Yeah. So… building. I like it. The building itself is rather old, dating back to 1912, according to a date written on one of the corners of the structure. The front of the place faces 3rd Ave., in the historic section of downtown.
The old museum on 3rd Ave. is now Stayton’s courthouse. It opened last month, but I wasn’t able to attend the opening. So, here’s a photo of the outside, which looks a lot like how it looked when it was still the Santiam Historical Museum.
Speaking of the museum, it’s still looking for a new home. I really hope it finds one soon, as I think preserving bits of our past is needed.
It occurred to me yesterday I hadn’t swung by the old schoolhouse on 1st Ave. (behind a business or two, by the courthouse) in quite some time, so I figured I’d head over there to get a picture. I was quite surprised when I saw it, as it’s been painted and there’s a business in it now.
It appears the last time I posted a photo of it was in 2008, and that photo is… well, not good. I was in a weird green phase, apparently, and the result is unfortunate. Anyway, somewhere I have a bit of history on this building, but I can’t seem to find it at the moment. It’s been in that location for several decades, but I believe it used to live somewhere else.
I’m glad it’s being used, though I can’t say I’m a fan of the red. I liked the old color (white, or something close to it), but that might be because it’s the way my mind sees it after so long of it being that color.
Does anyone know what’s up with the building on Ida St., near where it crosses 3rd Ave.? At one point it was the Food Bank before it moved to its present location on 2nd Ave. It’s received a nice paint job, but I don’t know if something is in there now or if there are plans to use it. I believe it’s still owned by the City, and is pretty small inside.
A handful of months ago, it was announced the building on 2nd Ave., which is owned by the City, that had held the Santiam Historical Museum was going to be renovated to house a new courthouse. It appears the remodeling has begin, if the framing on the porch is any indication.
As of right now, the museum doesn’t have a new home, but I hope that changes very soon. I took pictures there a few times (see the various photos here), and it was always nice to see the bits the area’s past.