Architect: Unknown; has been credited to Justus Krumbein, 1890
This is one of the oldest commercial
buildings east of the Willamette, and it's a looker. The Barber Block is a bit of a mix of different styles, including Gothic, Victorian, and Italianate, but instead of trying to classify the building, it's much more fun to simply look at and enjoy the excellent color choice, ornate decoration, and protruding window bays. The excellent roofline has designs laid out in stucco and tin.
A parking lot would now reside here but for the persuasive abilities of Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, restoration craftsmen and preservationists, who persuaded the owner not to raze the building. Utilizing tax incentives, it was conscientiously restored and remodeled in 1979 (Lavier Enterprises.) A junk store and tiny apartments became big apartments and a restaurant.
There have been a number of interesting business ventures here, including a vaudevillian theatre and a nickelodeon. Mortician and building namesake Henry Barber housed his mortuary (complete with still-present crematorium ovens!) here. Its motto: the "grandest funeral home on the West Coast." In fact, there have been a number of paranormal experiences in this building, if you believe in that sort of thing.