The gargoyles on this building presage the nautical nightmares
that appeared on Sundeleaf's Jantzen Building a year after this structure's opening. Made by architectural sculptor Gabriel Lavare, the three leonine figures, together with the more prosaic dentils, combine classical forms within the building's Art Deco vernacular. Though the construction of the Hawthorne Bridge ramp may have cast this building into perpetual shadow, it remains a real gem.
* In 1866, the area between Taylor and Madison bounded by 9th to 12th Street was the Lunatic Asylum Grounds, with the Oregon Hospital for the Insane at the southeast corner of 10th and Salmon. Vestiges of this legacy still linger in the area today.