Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Oregonscape

Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Oregonscape

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The buildings and exhibits of Portland's 1905 world's fair, the Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition and Oriental Fair, celebrated the region's current prosperity and looked toward a bright future in the new century. But there was one spectacular building that looked back--to the days of tall trees and a never-ending forest, to the pioneers who had turned that forest into a city by the river, and to the time when log cabins dotted the region.

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The Forestry Building stood out in several ways. It was rough and plain while the fair-buildings that surrounded it were refined and sophisticated. It was dark wood while the others were white plaster. It was built from real trees so that it would last for decades. Most of the others were built with only lathe and plaster, meant to last through the year of the fair and then disappear. By 1911, nearly all of structures except the Forestry Building had been removed from the fair site. …

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