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"St. Johns Theatre and Pub, St. Johns, Oregon"
Includes ... St. Johns Theatre and Pub ... McMinamens ... Lewis and Clark 1905 Exposition ... The Golden Age of Postcards ...
Image, 2006, St. Johns Pub, St. Johns, Oregon, click to enlarge
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St. Johns Theatre and Pub, St. Johns, Oregon. Once the National Cash Register Building at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. Image taken February 5, 2006.


St. Johns Theatre and Pub ...
Today's St. Johns Theatre and Pub building, located in St. Johns, Oregon, was originally the National Cash Register Company's (NCR) exhibit auditorium and lecture pavilion at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. The building was a small but impressive palace, with cupola, pillared portico, colorful flags, and a tall, goddess-like statue.

"... As designed by a New York architectural firm, the National Cash Register pavilion featured a welcoming front porch and a dome crowned by an ornate cupola, complete with a spire that supported an electrically lit sign spelling out 'NCR'. From the porch, three large doorways beckoned crowds into the windowless, open, sky-blue-colored dome room. A tiered floor with seating for 200 descended to a stage." [McMenamins Newsletter, June-July-August 2005]

"... The pavilion's core framework was actually left over from NCR's exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. In fact, the building may have been assembled in Missouri in 1905. One contemporary news clipping reported that it came by rail from St. Louis. ..." [McMenamins Newsletter, June-July-August 2005]

The building stood inside the main gate of the Exposition and presented programs about NCR's state-of-the-art equipment and modern business ideas. For quite a few of the Exposition visitors, the NCR movie was the first of the kind they had ever seen.

"... the three-minute, multimedia 'A Trip to the NCR' was no doubt the real draw for the people packing the domed pavilion. Featured was a series of projected glass slides depicting landmarks and scenery between Oregon and NCR's plant in Dayton, Ohio. Following that was a film short of a train pulling into the Dayton Station. One can imagine those members of the audience unfamiliar with the movies ducking to avoid a collision with the train shown on the screen coming straight at them. ..." [McMenamins Newsletter, June-July-August 2005]

"... NCR's exhibits at the Lewis & Clark Expo won a gold medal and grand prize, repeating the success its exhibits had garnered the year before at the St. Louis World's Fail. ..." [McMenamins Newsletter, June-July-August 2005]


Penny Postcard, Lewis and Clark Exposition, NCR Building, ca.1905, click to enlarge
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Penny Postcard: National Cash Register Building, Lewis & Clark Exposition, Portland, Oregon, 1905. Penny Postcard, 1905, "Lewis & Clark Exposition, Portland, Oregon." Front of building says "A Trip to the N.C.R., Motion Pictures, Free". The National Cash Register Building is one of a handful of structures from the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition to still be around today. This building is now St. Johns Theatre and Pub, located in St. Johns, Oregon. Undivided back. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


After the Expo ...
When the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition closed on October 14, 1905, the National Cash Register building was donated to the First Congregational Church of St. Johns. In December 1905 the former auditorium was barged down the Willamette River from the fairgrounds to its new home in St. Johns. The Congregational Church toned-down the building, installed large, arched windows (two of which were stained glass), and replaced the female statue with a bell. Inside a pulpit was constructed and a level floor was built overtop the original sloping auditorium floor.

During the next 80 plus years the building aquired many owners and went through many transformations. In 1932 it became the home of the St. Johns Lutheran Church, and in 1951 it became the home of the American Legion Post #98. In 1989, the building became Duffy's Irish Pub, later to be re-named McMenamins St. Johns Pub.

As an interesting co-incidence, the former Lewis and Clark Expostion building was re-located just 4 blocks from St. John's Cathedral Park and the St. Johns Bridge, the furthest location upstream on the Willamette River that Captain Clark explored in April 1806.


Image, 2006, St. Johns Pub, St. Johns, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sign, St. Johns Theatre and Pub, St. Johns, Oregon. Once the National Cash Register Building at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. Image taken February 5, 2006.
Image, 2006, St. Johns Pub, St. Johns, Oregon, click to enlarge
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St. Johns Theatre and Pub, St. Johns, Oregon. Once the National Cash Register Building at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. Image taken February 5, 2006.
Image, 2006, St. Johns Pub, St. Johns, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Closeup, dome, St. Johns Theatre and Pub, St. Johns, Oregon. Image taken February 5, 2006.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards". The "Penny Postcard" became a popular way to send greetings to friends and family. The Penny Postcard today has become a snapshot of history.

Penny Postcard, Lewis and Clark Exposition, NCR Building, ca.1905, click to enlarge
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Penny Postcard: National Cash Register Building, Lewis & Clark Exposition, Portland, Oregon, 1905. Penny Postcard, 1905, "Lewis & Clark Exposition, Portland, Oregon." Front of building says "A Trip to the N.C.R., Motion Pictures, Free". The National Cash Register Building is one of a handful of structures from the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition to still be around today. This building is now St. Johns Theatre and Pub, located in St. Johns, Oregon. Undivided back. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, New York World's Fair, NCR Building, ca.1939, click to enlarge
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Sign of the Times --- Penny Postcard: National Cash Register Building, New York World's Fair, 1939-1940. Sign of the times - the difference in style between 1905 and 1939 (Portland was lucky). Penny Postcard, 1939, "National Cash Register Building, New York World's Fair, 1939-40." Published by the Manhattan Post Card Publishing Co., Inc., New York City. "Officially Licensed, New York World's Fair". Card #W.F.17. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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Sources: "McMenamins.com" website, 2004, 2006;

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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