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Property Name Woodlark Building
Reference Number 14000482
State Oregon
County Multnomah
Town Portland
Street Address 813-817 SW Alder Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/8/2014
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, COMMERCE
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The Woodlark Building was completed in August 1912 as the home of the pioneer Portland drug and pharmacy concerns operated by Woodard, Clarke & Company and the Clarke-Woodward Drug Company.11 The building is among the earliest skyscrapers to be built in Portland's Midtown Block area and helped to establish a center of medical offices in this area. Designed by the notable firm of Doyle, Patterson & Beach, the Woodlark Building has strong connections to the history of pharmacy in Oregon and remains an excellent example of the fireproof office buildings that were constructed west of the Portland's traditional downtown during the expansion of the business district during the first quarter of the 20th century. The Woodlark Building is significant under Criterion A, for its association with the history of pharmacology in Oregon, and under Criterion C, as an exemplar of early fireproof high-rise design and construction in downtown Portland, both at a local level of significance.

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