This is the former GasCo building which was built in 1913. I have found that the clock tower is not missing anything from the top. This is the way it was designed. Portland Gas & Coke Company is now know as Northwest Natural Gas Company. Here's a bit more history about it. Photo was taken with my Poloroid x530 with the remarkable Foveon image sensor.
I used it to model it for Google Earth:
PaulCedar, great shot... nice tones!
Oh I am so very thankful that you have photographed this so beautifully! I noticed it last summer driving to Sauvie Island and it is so creepy I have decided to use it a location in a novel one day, God willing. It's a fantastic spot. One can easily imagine horrific occurrences inside those eerie walls. Thank you again for this and all like it.
Exceptional. I have driven past this building many times and each time think that I would like to restore it. It is such a magnificent building. Thank you for naming it for me.
Strange and resonant to see this on a day i feel like a ruin myself. Though the building is not publicly approachable, Ive been inside many many times.i had the key. It was my job to guard that
weird property with its tanks and huge decayed office warren. My bathroom was inside down wide corridors on the ground floor. Unlike the exterior the inside lacks any memorable magnificence- just an old office building one mustn't occupy near that huge blue explosive tank
of natural gas.I had a fine view of I think the other side of this building, the main entrance and of the gothic bridge from my guard shack, though that tiny space was set up with a single chair below a plywood desk to force you to watch the tank. Once, an enormous merchant marine ship docked -to take on fuel?- and I visited.
Overall, a godforsaken place perfect to write and read and think- but better in daylight. After a storm, trekking over the sandy wasteland surrounding the tank i wrote a poem out there called Meditation on a Puddle Shaped Like the United States. About lost love, of course.
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Photo taken in Northwest Industrial, Portland, OR, USA
Misplaced? Suggest new location