Inman-Poulsen Lumber Company Garage, Corner of Southeast Grand & Division Place, Portland, Multnomah County, OR
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Corner of Southeast Grand & Division Place, Portland, OR
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS OR-178
Building/structure dates: 1920 initial construction
Significance: The structure is significant for its rarity as a lumber milling resource remaining in the Portland harbor area of the Willamette River and for its association with the large Inman-Poulsen Lumber Mill. It is unusual example of the specialized mill garage developed as a resource to the increasingly mechanized lumbering efforts of the 1920s. As productivity began to fall due to such forces as the dwindling supply of accessible timber and production interruptions caused by labor strikes, new innovations in equipment helped to stabilize lumber production. At the Inman-Poulsen Lumber Company, most of the mill's timber arrived in long rafts floated from sites along the Columbia River. To improve efficiency at the sawmill yard and to facilitate storage of hundreds of thousands of board feet of milled lumber, small service vehicles such as forklifts were developed to move the product. These vehicles were serviced at the garage.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Topographic view of the Inman-Poulsen Garage, illustrating industrial context. View looking north, with garage to left of frame and MLK Viaduct to right of frame.
General perspective view of Inman-Poulsen Garage, view looking southwest.
General perspective view of garage, view looking east at north facade and MLK Viaduct.
Elevation view of east facade, view looking west.
Detail view of exterior, view looking south at the northwest corner of the building.
Detail view of garage, view looking southwest as the northwest corner pilaster and parapet.
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