(originally Olds, Wortman, & King; the Old Ghost Mall)
Architect: C. R. Aldrich; A. E. Doyle,
supervising architect, 1910
The name may carry a malodorous whiff of a southern California shopping mall, but this building predates the consumer terrorism of the modern age. Sheathed entirely with white terra-cotta and five stories high, the first department store west of the Mississippi (Olds, Wortman, & King) was originally housed here.
Closed in the early 1970s, the restored building was reopened in 1976, as the Galleria. It was one of the first buildings in town to be restored for commercial use as a downtown shopping center, in the course of which, the building's central light well was enlarged into a nice 75-foot atrium. As this failed to attract the anticipated shoppers, it was hoped that a 2004 remodel and the placement of the Western Culinary Institute's restaurant (interiors by Yost Grube Hall) in the building would do the trick. No dice. The next evolution is for the Old Ghost Mall to be rehabbed into a big hotel. Good luck!
Just northeast from here is the crisp Woodlark Building (1912, 815 SW Alder Street, Doyle, Patterson & Beach). Smooth, light-colored brick covers this nine-story building. Terra-cotta arches are above the ninth-floor windows, but other than that, the building's windows are symmetrical and uniform. In 2002, the Woodlark came into the public eye when an investment group represented by the pre-scandal Neil Goldschmidt purchased it. (And if you don't know that story, you're going to have to look it up yourself. We do have standards here.)Less Text