Southern Oregon Gas Company Building - Medford Downtown Historic District - Medford, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 42° 19.477 W 122° 52.541
10T E 510243 N 4685825
Historic Structure now restored to original architectural details
Waymark Code: WMFXYY
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/15/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 1

Built in 1936, the Southern Oregon Gas Company Building was one of the first commercial building built in Medford after the onset of the Great Depression. It was built on property the previously served as the location of the First Presbyterian Church. Renovation that began in the mid-1970s resulted in changes that limited the historic integrity of the building and when nomination of the Medford Downtown Historic District was approved in 1998, this building was declared "Historic Non-Contributing."

In 2003 the Medford Urban Renewal Agency provided grant funding toward restoration of the building to its original appearance. The unappealing tile and stucco paneling that had been added in the 1970s was removed to reveal the original architectural details. The City of Medford Historic Commission presented a historic preservation award to acknowledge these efforts as the structure now adds to the historic character of the downtown district.

Today the restored Southern Oregon Gas Company Building is home to Mellelo Coffee Roasters downtown cafe.

S.O. Gas Building in 2012

S.O. Gas Building circa 1979

S.O. Gas Building circa 1936

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Medford Downtown Historic District

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219 West Main Street Medford, Oregon 97501

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