AKA: Ladd & Bush Bank, Office Building, Salem, OR; U.S. Bank, 302 State Street Branch, Salem, OR

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings)

Designers: Nestor, John, Architect (firm); John Nestor (architect)

Dates: constructed 1869

2 stories

302 State Street
Salem, OR 97301-3532

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Architect John Nestor (1836-1912) brought cast-iron architecture from San Francisco to Portland, OR, when he migrated there in the 1860s. He utilized this material for the arches and other ornamental details of this miraculously preserved remnant of the 1860s. Tel: 503.399.4035 (2011);

Architectural historian Richard Ellison Ritz indicated that this bank by architect John Nestor, nearly duplicated his Ladd and Tilton Bank (1868) of the year previous. Ironically, when the owners of the Salem bank building wanted to enlarge it in 1967, they obtained the cast-iron facade of the recently demolished Portland bank for reuse. (See "Oregon's Glamorous Cast-Iron Bank: Two Historic Buildings Get a New Future," Portland Friends of Cast-Iron Architecture Newsletter, 1975 Nov., no.9 [suppl.], p.1-4.)

PCAD id: 16122