Capitol Planning Commission Records Guide, 1949-2003

Commission History​
Capitol Planning Commission's functions and historical development. 

Scope and Content
Summary of the major types of records, overall date spans and quantities, and research information.

Record Series Descriptions

Dates: 1949-2001
Volume: 1.8 cubic feet 
Arrangement: alphabetical by topic, A-Z; 

This series consists of records of long-term development, project planning, and proposals. These include: capitol area plans, specific area plans, evaluations, studies, improvement requests, sitings, development plans, historic houses information, design solicitations. Drawings, maps, photos and illustrations are also contained within the series (see Separations List). Also of note is a file collecting correspondence between the CPC and capitol building architect Francis Keally.​

Folder List

Plans, Projects, Proposals Folder List
ACC: 2003A-043
BOX 1: Plans, Projects, Proposals
  1. Aerial and ground photographs of Capital Mall, 1965-1980
  2. Airport Road Area Plan, Oct 1985
  3. Area Plan Designation, ca. 1983
  4. Boise Home Jr. Chamber of Commerce, ca. 1964, ca. 1967
  5. Capitol Building, Additions to, 1948, 1967-1968, 1971
  6. Capitol Building, Handrails, Rotunda, Accessories, 1971
  7. Capitol Building, Proposed Expansion, 1975
  8. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1974-1981
  9. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1981-1983
  10. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1983-1985
  11. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1985-1987
  12. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1987-1989
  13. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1989-1991
  14. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1991-1993
  15. Capitol Construction & Improvement Requests, 1991-2001
  16. Capitol Mall Forum proposal, 1973
  17. Capitol Mall Greens proposal, 1979
  18. Capitol Mall Office Building Design Presentation, 1978
  19. Capitol Mall Parking Structure Feasibility Study, 1988
  20. Capitol Mall Planning System, 1974
  21. Capitol Mall Plans, 1972, 1980, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 (North. Cap Mall Redevelopment)
  22. Department of Veteran Affairs Siting, no. 1, ca. 1980
  23. Department of Veteran Affairs Siting, no. 2, ca. 1980
  24. Department of Veteran Affairs Siting, no. 3, ca. 1980
  25. Department of Veteran Affairs Siting, no. 4, ca. 1980
  26. Development Plan for State Buildings and Grounds in the Salem Metropolitan Area, Vol. II, no.1, 1976
  27. Development Plan for State Buildings and Grounds in the Salem Metropolitan Area, Vol. II, no.2, 1976
  28. Development Plan for State Buildings and Grounds in the Salem Metropolitan Area, Vol. II, no.3, 1976
  29. Development Plan for State Buildings and Grounds in the Salem Metropolitan Area, Vol. II, no.4, 1976
  30. Development Plan for State Buildings and Grounds in the Salem Metropolitan Area, Vol. II, no.5, 1976
  31. East Salem Area Plan, 1976
  32. Fairview/Hillcrest Area Plan, 1985
  33. Framework Plan for Capitol Mall Development, 1986
  34. Keally, Francis W, 1957, 1969-1973
  35. MacLaren School Area Plan, 1984
  36. Maps, 1952
  37. Master Plan: General Policy & Planning, Revision of, 1971-1973
  38. Master Plan: Oregon State Capitol Group, ca. 1958, 1963
  39. North Mall Area, Massing and Density Study of the, 1980
BOX 2: Plans, Projects, Proposals (cont'd)
  1. North Mall Evaluation, 1980
  2. North Mall Task Force, Recommendations, 1994-1995
  3. North Mall Task Force, Recommendations, 1995
  4. North Mall Task Force, Recommendations, 1995-1998
  5. North Mall, Houses, ca. 1979-1980
  6. North Mall, Houses, Historic Information, 1989-1994
  7. Sprague Memorial Fountain, ca. 1980
  8. State Corrections Area Plan, 1985
  9. State Fair Master Plan, 1980-1990
  10. State Hospital & Penitentiary Master Plan Update, 1996-1997
  11. State Hospital & Penitentiary Master Plan Update, 1997-1998
  12. State Hospital and Penitentiary Properties Land Use Plan, 1976
  13. State Hospital, Task Force Report on, Mar 1975
  14. State School for the Deaf, ca. 1980
ACC: 70A-025
BOX 2:
3. Drawings of Proposed Highway, Building Floor Plans, Landscaping Plans, Room Alterations, Building Signs, 1949-1968
4. Maps of zoning areas, street and traffic flow, boundaries, development, ownership in Capitol Area, plot plans, 1949-1967
5. Master Plan for the Capitol Area, An Historical Record of the Development of, 1958 6. Master Plan of Capitol Group (final draft), 1958
7. Master Plan of Capitol Mall, 1976-1981
8. Photos of Capitol Mall Area Plans, 1958
9. Revision to Board of Central Meeting Room C, Architect's Drawings and Bid Form, 1967
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Dates: 1949-1987
Volume: 5.5 cubic feet 
Arrangement: chronological 

This series consists of minutes taken at the meetings convened by the CPC since its inception in 1949. These files may also include supporting materials and exhibits such as area plans, master plans, correspondence, reports, maps and other materials. The minutes are arranged according to an approximate monthly schedule; indices or table of contents are present for some months. ​
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Dates: 1949-1969 
Volume: 1 cubic foot 
Arrangement: chronological 

This series consists of records accumulated by a CPC commissioner during tenure from Jan 1949 to Oct 1969. These consist of correspondence, memos, reports, budget data, notes from minutes of Commission meetings and maps. ​
Dates: 1963-1995
Volume: .25 cubic feet
Arrangement: chronological
This series consists of a collection of newspaper articles collected by the Commission that feature its activities or those related to it. The majority of the files are grouped topically by subjects such as parking, Agriculture Building, or property acquisition; others are identified by a date range.

Folder List

ACC: 2003A-043
BOX 3:
3. Capitol Mall News Articles, 1978-1992 ca.
4. Clippings, Agriculture Bldg, Jul 1963-1966
5. Clippings, Capitol Building, 1963-1969
6. Clippings, Capitol Wings, Parking, Land issues, Misc., 1975-1976
7. Clippings, Land Use, Energy, Siting, 1973-1979
8. Clippings, Oregon State Supreme Court Bldg., ca. 1968
9. Clippings, Parking, 1964-1970
10. Clippings, Property Acquisition, Dec 1964-
11. Clippings, Southern Pacific Railroad, Union Street, Nov 1964-Jun 1967
12. Clippings, Willson Park, Mar 1965-Aug 1967
13. North Mall Task Force, Press Notices / Clippings, 1994-1995

Series Title: Plans, Projects, Proposals

Accession: 70A-025
- Box 2 / Folder 3 - Drawing of proposed highway, building floor plans, landscaping plans, room alterations, building signs", 1949-1968
  1. 6 sheets (nos. 1-8): New State Highway Office Building, Union St. Mall Development Plan, Scheme VI, 3-30-1949
  2. Labor and Industries Building, Sign, 6-7-1961
  3. South Parking Area, Plan and Elevations, State Capitol Building, "Plan prepared from a study of road alignment, width, parking stalls and drainage?", 8-21-1950
  4. 2 Sheets: Remodeled Planting State Capitol Building; Remodeled Planting State Library building, Nov 1950
  5. 2 Sheets: Governor's Office: 1) relocated phone booths; 2) Proposed Office Plan, Jul 1961
  6. 2 Sheets: State Highway Office Building, Development Plan of Grounds Showing Planting
  7. Union St. Mall Development Plan, 11-20-1968
  8. Capitol Visitor's Information Center Lounge, 4-12-1960
  9. 4 Sheets: Tree Planting Schemes, Capitol Mall, n.d.
- Box 2 / Folder 4 - Maps of zoning areas, street and traffic flow, boundaries, development, ownership in Capitol area, plot plans, 1949-1967
  1. Capitol Area Zoning with proposed expansion, Prepared by the Long Range Planning Commission of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Jul 1949
  2. Revised Plot Plan for the New Highway Building, Jul 1949
  3. Capitol Mall Boundary, Nov 1956
  4. Capitol Area Ownership, 6-15-1962
  5. Capitol Area Ownership, 1960
  6. Capitol Area Ownership, 1962
  7. Capitol Area Ownership, 1959
  8. Capitol Area Ownership, with red and blue shading for purchases and refusals, 1959
  9. Capitol Area Ownership, 1960
  10. Capitol Area Ownership, with colored areas demarcating properties that are newly acquired, in the process of being acquired, owner has expressed a desire to sell, being converted to parking area, 1960
  11. Capitol Area Ownerships Map with trace paper overlay showing development plans, 1-1-1960
  12. Greater Salem Area drawn with spillways, pipeline, dykes, dams, and probably backwater point on Mill Creek, n.d.
  13. 2 Sheets: Chemeketa and Center Streets, Grading and Paving Project, City of Salem, Jun 1952
  14. Capitol Area Zoning, Prepared by the Long Range Planning Commission of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Jul 1949
  15. Capitol Zoning, Proposed Boundary Revision, Capitol Planning Commission, Aug 1949
  16. Salem, Marion County, "Exhibit A," bridge and road construction costs, n.d.
  17. Revised Study of One-Way Street Plan for Salem Oregon Prepared for the Capitol Planning Commission, 8-26-1950
  18. Map of Capitol Mall with trace paper overlay showing future development, ca. 1950.
  19. Map of southwest area of Capitol Mall and environs, n.d.
  20. Map of southwest area of Capitol Mall and environs showing areas influenced by closure of Chemeketa Street; letter describing map attached, 1960
  21. 2 Maps: 1) Enlargement of central business district and mall area; 2) Map of greater Salem. Both maps are marked with lines and numbers. An accompanying letter describes these as recommended projects of the Salem Area Transportation Study, 1967
  22. 2 Sheets: Future Development of State Capitol Group: 1) Preliminary Development Plan I; 2) Preliminary Development Plan II. A letter from the architect is attached.
- Box 2 / Folder 8 - Photos of capitol Mall Area Plans
  1. 3x5 (qty. 14)
- Box 2 / Folder 9 - Revision to Board of Central Meeting Room C
  1. Drawing
Accession: 88A-018
- Box 2 (of Accession 70A-025) Salem Residences, 1957
1-21 Photos of Salem residences near the Capitol
Accession: 2003A-043
- Box 1 / Folder 1 - Aerial and ground photographs of Capital Mall, 1965-1980
  1. 8x10 (qty. 15) / 5 5x7 (qty. 5)
- Box 1 / Folder 34 - Keally, Francis W.
  1. 3 mounted sketch plates signed by Francis W. Keally, n.d.
- Box 1 / Folder 36 - Maps
  1. Capitol Area Ownership, 1962
  2. Master Plan Oregon State Capitol Group, Scheme 1, n.d.
  3. Master Plan Oregon State Capitol Group, Scheme 1, n.d.
- Box 1 / Folder 39 - North Mall Area, Massing and Density Study of the, 1980
  1. North Mall Area, Massing and Density Study of the, 1980
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Capitol Mall Model​​​​​​​​

Model of buildings, streets and trees sits on desk top.
This model from a 1958 master plan shows a very different view of the north Capitol Mall than what came to pass. The round building at the top was to be a state auditorium near a planned governor's mansion along Mill Creek. (Capitol Planning Commission Records, acc. 70A-025, photos, folder 5) Click to Enlarge
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