Architect: James M. Shelton (Atlanta, Georgia), 1941
While the architect, James Shelton, was
seemingly inspired by the effervescent Art Deco stylings of the 7-Up Bottling Building, the completion dates of the two streamlined industrial buildings are the same. A drive through the oppressively unimaginative architecture of any modern business park makes one realize how attractive a building like this one really is.
While here, take note of the Laurelhurst Theatre (1923, unknown architect) to the south on 2735 E. Burnside Street. Originally a one-screen movie-house, it eventually proliferated into four theaters, but to no avail. It could not compete with the multiplexes of the 1980s, and went to seed until its renovation and re-opening in 2000 as a pub/theater.
And if you made it that far, look kitty-corner across the street at the wood-and-stucco-faced SunRose Condominiums at 2800 E. Burnside. It was designed by Holst Architecture for the owners of the pre-existing landmark on the site called the Hungry Tiger. (The original building was demolished in 2007, but the new one retains a slight Chinese influence.) Expectations were high for this mixed-use structure as soon as designer/developer/skateboarder Randy Rapaport described it thusly: "It's gonna be sick." Sick and hungry.