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Guilds Lake Industrial Sanctuary

Guilds Lake Industrial Sanctuary

Click here to read the Guilds Lake Industrial Sanctuary Plan.

And now a little bit about that spooky building you see from Hwy 30 on the west side of the St. Johns Bridge.  It is called the Gasco Building and was built in 1913 as an office building for Portland Gas & Coke (later Northwest Natural).

GasCo-Portland Gas and Coke

GasCo-Portland Gas and Coke

GASCO circa mid 50s Superfund site

Gasco circa mid 50s Superfund site

GasCo site mid 50s Superfund

Gasco site mid 50s Superfund

GasCo Building

Gasco Building

1923-11-24 Oregonian New motor fuel hits market

The Gasco is in danger and there is a fight to save it but for what?

-a McMenamin’s?

-a park?

-a beautiful ruin to look at from afar?

UPDATE: As of winter 2015 the Gasco has been removed. You can still see the old clock tower which is up at Skyline Tavern these days, I’ll be curious to see what they do with it.

Art by Jason Reynolds for PDXccentric Guidebook

Art by Jason Reynolds for PDXccentric Guidebook

9-11-15 Save the Gasco meeting at The Skyline Tavern Project Scott Ray Becker shows some historic phots, drone footage of the building and a documentary about the fight to save the Gasco.

9-11-15 Save the Gasco meeting at The Skyline Tavern Project Scott Ray Becker shows some historic phots, drone footage of the building and a documentary about the fight to save the Gasco.

9-11-15 Save the Gasco meeting at The Skyline Tavern Project

9-11-15 Save the Gasco meeting at The Skyline Tavern Project

The fight to save the Gasco from destruction 10-31-2014 to 10-31-2015

The fight to save the Gasco from destruction 10-31-2014 to 10-31-2015

The fight to save the Gasco from destruction 10-31-2014 to 10-31-2015

The fight to save the Gasco from destruction 10-31-2014 to 10-31-2015

The Gasco building from the tracks

The Gasco building from the tracks

Portland's Industrial Cathedral the Gasco Building

Portland’s Industrial Cathedral the Gasco Building

Removing the Gasco clock tower

Removing the Gasco clock tower

So there is a clock tower but no clock?!  What’s up with that?  Did the Gasco building ever have a clock?  The answer is yes!  Until 1989 there was a clock in that tower and this is what happened to it.  It’s sort of a happy ending to find out that part of this building lives on.

Check out this video that has footage of the old Gasco clock and talks about how the clock ended up at Bento Hall at OSU.

Benton Hall in Corvallis on the OSU campus, the building built in 1890 never had a clock installed in it's tower due to lack of funding

Benton Hall in Corvallis on the OSU campus, the building built in 1890 never had a clock installed in it’s tower due to lack of funding

Benton Hall in Corvallis on the OSU campus, the building built in 1890 never had a clock installed in it's tower due to lack of funding

Benton Hall in Corvallis on the OSU campus, the building built in 1890 never had a clock installed in it’s tower due to lack of funding

Benton Hall after the clock from the old Gasco Building was donated by Northwest Natural and installed in 1989.

Benton Hall after the clock from the old Gasco Building was donated by Northwest Natural and installed in 1989.

 

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