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Oregon State Fairgrounds Grandstand, 2330 Seventeenth Avenue, Northeast, Salem, Marion County, OR



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Location
Northeast, Salem, OR

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS OR-182
Building/structure dates: 1929 initial construction
Significance: The Oregon State Fairgrounds Grandstand is significant for its association with the Oregon State Fair. Oregon's State Fair was the product of modest beginnings in the form of county fairs beginning in 1853. The State Fair was begun in 1860, and developed into an important social event for the agricultural community of Oregon, expanding to include citizens of Eastern Oregon in the early 20th century. Equestrian events played an important role from the early days of the fair, with prizes given to men and women in horse racing, trotting, and running. The 1929 Oregon State Fairgrounds Grandstand continued the tradition of equestrian events at the Fair. In 1885, the State assumed financial backing of the Fair. The Long Oak Track, a fine one-mile loop, was completed in 1893 with an $11,000 appropriation from the State. The Grandstand, built with Moorish ornament in a symmetrical composition, was located on the Long Oak Track. The Grandstand featured a large shed roof over the seating area, seven bays on each side of the central entrance, and an elaborate frieze and medallions. The Oregon State Fairgrounds Grandstand is also significant as a good example of rare Moorish inspired architecture in Oregon.

Subjects
Grandstands
Fairs
Fairgrounds


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Topographic view of horse racetrack and grandstand, view looking northwest
Topographic view of grandstand within the Marion County Fairgrounds, view looking northeast
General perspective view of the grandstand, view looking southeast at the west and north facades
General perspective view of the grandstand, view looking east at the west facade
General perspective view of the grandstand, view looking northeast showing the west and south facades
General perspective view of the grandstand, view looking northwest showing the south and east facades with racetrack in foreground
General perspective view of the grandstand, view looking southwest showing the east and north facades with racetrack in foreground
General perspective view of the grandstand, view looking southwest
Elevation view of the grandstand, view looking east
Elevation view of the grandstand, view looking north
Elevation view of the grandstand, view looking west across the racetrack
Elevation view of the grandstand, view looking south
Detail elevation view of the northern end of the west façade, view looking east
Detail elevation view of the main entrance, midsection of the west façade, view looking east
Detail elevation view of the southern end of the west façade, view looking east
Detail view of the northwest corner of the grandstand, view looking east at the gabled corner bay
Detail view of the main entrance, central bay of the west façade, view looking east
Detail view of the southwest corner of the grandstand, showing the gabled corner bay, looking east
Detail view of the main entrance, view looking east
Detail view of the gabled cornice above the main entrance, center bay of the west façade, view looking east
Detail view of the pitched roof and decorative cornice of the west façade, view looking south
Detail view of the decorative cornice on the west façade, view looking southeast
Detail view of the equestrian-themed shield located in the decorative frieze of the cornice on the west façade
Detail view of the southwest corner bay, showing the decorative gabled dormer and pitched roof of the west façade
Detail view of the decorative plasterwork on the west façade, view looking up at the northwest corner bay
Detail view of the decorative element at the peak of the gabled dormer of the northwest corner bay of the west façade
Detail view of the decorative plasterwork on the gabled dormer of the northwest corner bay of the west façade
Detail view of the peak of the gabled dormer above the main entrance on the west façade
Detail view of the decorative equestrian-themed plasterwork on the west façade
Interior detail view of the grandstand, view looking northwest at the stadium seating and roof structure
Interior detail view of the grandstand, view looking north along the top row of stadium seating
Interior detail view of the grandstand, view looking south along the middle rows to stadium seating
Interior detail view of the grandstand, view looking north under the stadium seating


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