(originally First National Bank, a.k.a. Oregon Pioneer Savings and Loan), 1916
& Shattuck (Boston)
Abbot Mills, the bank president who commissioned this building, wanted it to look like the Parthenon. Mills hired former Harvard school chum C. A. Coolidge's firm for the design, and while the interior has been extensively remodeled over the years, it still looks like a Greek temple from the outside. Features to notice: Lots of concrete, which covers lots of steel. Doric columns support a massive block of a portico. There are carved friezes on the cornice and entablature at the top of the building, with "swags" (a design imitating draped cloth) on the attic story. Also high up, you will notice anthemions (flat honeysuckle decorations) on the roof. After taking in the splendor, step inside for a shock; the dropped ceilings are lower than those in some living rooms.
* C. A. Coolidge (1858-1936) was employed with the renowned Henry H. Richardson's firm in Boston.
Above the entrance to the bank, two stone women flank the Latin message: "Alis volat propiis." This Latin version of the Oregon state motto translates literally to "By means of one's own wings one flies." (So why do I need a bank?)