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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Old Ice House (Not)

Astoria, Oregon ~ April 5, 2009

I've always loved this old building on the River Walk between 3rd and 4th Streets - behind Burger King and the Employment Department. During our October photo contest, this picture of it was sent in by Jean B, who also identified it for me. I didn't know what it was, although it makes sense. It's on the docks and there are fish totes stored outside. Some of you asked about the ripply texture of the building, and here you can get a close-up look at the stucco. I think it looks more Southwest than Northwest. It stands out as a unique building here.

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Anonymous said...

You're misinformed. That structure was not designed or constructed to be an "ice house"

tapirgal said...

Anonymous, would you like to tell me and others what it really is? The other story I heard was "customs house," but we have one of those on display near Safeway.

tapirgal said...

Could be a storage shed, or ???

Halcyon said...

The texture is really nice! I like the color too.

Anonymous said...

My understanding it was a "bonded warehouse"-designed to facilitate4 high value heavily insured items or dangerous cargo like explosives, ordnance, flammables, etc. in a secure facility. It had to be fireproof-which the usual waterfront buildings were not. You're neighbor, Steve Fick at Fishawk, owns it-next time anyone sees him he'll give the rundown

Francisca said...

Oh, you just have to like a mystery building! And whatever it/was for, I agree with you it has a very unique character. Even the color is a standout in Astoria.

tapirgal said...

Here's more on the mystery building from an e-mail sent to me by "a faithful fan of Astoria, Oregon, Daily Photo." I wanted to share it with you:

"Hello Sheryl,

"I love your 'Daily Photo' postings. Thank you for making Astoria such a constant reality on the Internet.

"Re today's photo: The building that looks so 'southwestern' used to be a place where they actually manufactured many of the cans used in the canneries, or so I've been told. It's my understanding that this is one of the few riverfront buildings with an actual foundation, rather than being supported by pilings....."

Thank you! I love getting your letters. I appreciate the info and it's so nice to know people are enjoying the posts!

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