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  • Salem Oregon's Tallest Building Is...?

    For generations, which building is Salem's tallest has been a matter of who you spoke to, lots of guesswork and to a certain extent, community mythology. Most Salem residents at one time or another have considered this riddle, but there just were not any hard numbers that provided the answer. Until now.

    Ultimately, determining Salem's Tallest Building required a comparison of precise measurements made and certified by a civil engineering firm. This site provides views, 1920's construction photographs, elevation charts, histories, an overview of the building height survey process, Salem zoning & building code height restrictions and at long last, the definitive answer to this 75-year-old Salem riddle.

    Which building do YOU believe is Salem's tallest and why? Take the educational nine-page tour and learn how the mystery was solved.


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