Oregon State Capitol: What Could Have Been

Some drawings of Hutchinson and Spooner did not become reality. After the Capitol burned to the ground in 1935, officials quickly began to plan for a replacement. They discussed many locations and architectural designs in the months after the fire. Three alternatives to the present Capitol are represented here.

One plan called for the purchase of the entire 18 acre Willamette University campus which, with the addition of adjacent land, would have provided 28 acres for the Capitol grounds. Busy State Street would have closed. Willamette University would have moved to the site of present-day Bush's Pasture Park:
Drawing of aerial view of  capitol building in the center of park like setting with trees and walk ways.
Willamette University Campus: Highway Division Records, Hutchinson and Spooner Drawings, #65.

Governor Charles Martin promoted an expansive 94 acre tract on the top of Candalaria Heights, two miles south of the center of Salem, as an alternative Capitol site. It would have afforded dramatic views of the Cascade Mountains, the Coast Range Mountains, and the Willamette Valley. The site could have been purchased for approximately $100,000:
drawing of new oregon state capitol on Candalaria heights shows large capitol building surrounded by park like setting.
Candalaria Heights: Highway Division Records, Hutchinson and Spooner Drawings, #66.

The final alternative attempted to plan for the office space needs of a growing state government within the existing grounds of less than five acres. This was obviously portrayed as the least desirable alternative:
Tall capitol building shown on a much smaller piece of land than the previous 3 images, but still surrounded by park like area.
Tall State Capitol: Highway Division Records, Hutchinson and Spooner Drawings, #16.
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