Dekum Building

Dekum Building
The Dekum Building
The Dekum Building.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Coordinates: 45°31′10″N 122°40′30″W / 45.5195°N 122.6751°W / 45.5195; -122.6751Coordinates: 45°31′10″N 122°40′30″W / 45.5195°N 122.6751°W / 45.5195; -122.6751
Built: 1892
Architect: McCaw, Martin and White[2]
Architectural style: Romanesque
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 80003363[1]
Added to NRHP: October 10, 1980

The Dekum Building is an historic office building at SW Third Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[3]

With its rusticated sandstone base, over-scaled arches at street level, and stone carvings, the eight-story building is a strong example of Romanesque Revival architecture. It's made completely from materials found in Oregon. Completed in 1891, it is named after Frank Dekum (1823–94), a German immigrant who opened Portland's first candy shop. Construction cost $300,000 in 1892 dollars. During construction, masons reportedly consumed beer instead of the usual coffee.[2]

From the 1990s until 2000, the Dekum Building was occupied by Wieden+Kennedy, made famous with Nike's Just Do It campaign.


Current tenants

  • Typethink, a creative web development, design, and software company.
  • Glumac, which provides consulting engineering for green building.
  • Site9, the developers of collaborative software, including ProtoShare.
  • Small Society, which specializes in iPhone strategy and development.
  • The Metropolitan Group, which provides public relations and communications for non-profits.
  • Associated Design Consultants, which specializes in church, hospitality, and restaurant design.
  • Janrain, which specializes in identity and user management software as a service.
  • PHP Fog, a PHP-centric Platform as a Service company.
  •, simple, social mobile stock valuation tool; crowd-sourcing Wall Street.

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b King, Bart (2001). An Architectural Guidebook to Portland (First ed.). Layton, Utah, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 0-87905991-5. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Multnomah County, Oregon, pg. 3". Retrieved 2007-07-28. 


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