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Friday, November 6, 2009

A handsome sign for the Heritage Museum

Heritage Museum Sign, Astoria, Oregon The Heritage Museum of the Clatsop County Historical Society may not be sporting a new sign, but the sign seems to be sporting new colors. It's funny how you sometimes don't notice the changes, or once you see the new paint, you can't remember what the old paint looked like. I think the red is new. One of these days, I'll find an older photo and include it for comparison.

Inside this majestic and sturdily-built Neoclassical edifice, you'll find lots and lots of photos and artifacts from earlier years, and a friendly staff to help you enjoy them. You can enter the building from either Exchange Avenue or 16th Street.

This building began life as Astoria's City Hall about 1905, with construction having started in 1904. Sometime later, the city's administration moved into the centralized downtown area, to this building. The Heritage Museum still retains a few jail cells in the basement, including one for solitary confinement. The librarian told me that when the Historical Society moved into the building, the entire basement was filled with cells. I'll have to get a tour sometime.

4 comments:

B SQUARED said...

Nice to see old buildings getting "new" life. Here, they just tear them down.

Vogon Poet said...

Interesting place, be careful if you take that tour...

cieldequimper said...

Yes, please!

Jacob said...

Sounds like a fun place! I'd take a chance on the jail cells. And you can't hardly miss the red on the sign!

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