Salem, OR—One National Register application recommended by the Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) has been accepted by the National Park Service and listed in the National Register of Historic Places as of June 21, 2022.
The Phoenix Pharmacy Building, built in 1922 at the angled intersection of SE Foster Road and SE 67th Avenue in the Foster-Powell Neighborhood of Portland, is significant as an early keystone building that led the way in, and spurred further commercial development of this section of the City during the early 1920s. Long an architectural focal point of SE Foster Road, it held the pharmacy of John R. Leach from its construction until Leach’s 1946 retirement. It remained a pharmacy until 1969, after which it remained in varying other commercial uses through several owners until 1999, since which it has been used for storage. The building is now undergoing rehabilitation work ahead of its anticipated reopening.
The Phoenix Pharmacy Building is also listed in the National register for its close association with the life and achievements of its original owner, John R. Leach, a widely-recognized neighborhood advocate and booster, and an active civic leader who was instrumental in pushing for, and then leading the commercial development of the Foster Road corridor, a commitment he backed up by leading the way with his construction of this building.
The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings are online at oregonheritage.org (listed under “Designate”).
Properties listed in the National Register are:
• Recognized as significant to the nation, state, or community;
• Considered in the planning of federal or federally-assisted projects;
• Eligible for federal and state tax benefits;
• Qualify for historic preservation grants when funds are available;
• Eligible for leniency in meeting certain building code requirements;
• Subject to local laws pertaining to the conservation and protection of historic resources.
National Register listing does not place any restrictions on a property at the state or federal level, unless property owners choose to participate in tax benefit or grant programs.
Jason Allen, Preservation Programs Bureau Chief