Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Chrisman Block, Broadway and Willamette
Gabriel Chrisman built this commercial block in 1891 on the southwest corner of Broadway and Willamette streets. It housed Mr. Chrisman's law office and Morris Music House among other business's. This gorgeous building only lasted until 1913 when it was demolished to clear the site for the McMorran and Washburne Department Store. The building was later enlarged to house J.C. Penny, until Penny's moved to the New Valley River Mall in 1969. The building was later renamed the Centre Court building and housed mostly office space until it was deemed unsafe in the late 1990's. The building remained empty until its recent restoration.