Dekum Building

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.

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.

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.

Building Activity

  • OpenBuildings
    OpenBuildings added a digital reference
    about 6 years ago via OpenBuildings.com