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Pendleton in Umatilla County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Empire Block

 
 
The Empire Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 24, 1997
1. The Empire Block Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1907, Henry Schwarz and Frank Greulich named the building The Empire Block for their business, the Empire Meat Market. At the dissolution of the Schwarz and Greulich partnership in 1916, the building was purchased by Frank Greulich and was maintained by his heirs for many years. The five ground floor store fronts were occupid by many different retail businesses. On the second floor, the Empire Rooming House, later named Spur Hotel, was of questionable reputation, the proprietress being jailed in 1916 for immoral behavior. Ironically, the preservation of the original store fronts is primarily due to the low rent tenants in the building for many years who weren’t interested in remodeling as the tenants on Main Street were. The result being that all fire of the store fronts are essentially original.
 
Location. 45° 40.228′ N, 118° 47.219′ W. Marker is in Pendleton, Oregon, in Umatilla County. Click for map. The marker is on the exterior wall to the left of the main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21-37 SW Emigrant Avenue, Pendleton OR 97801, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. The Empire Block building is open for Underground Tours as it has underground tunnels and rooms built by Chinese immigrants and
The Empire Block Building-Underground Tours image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 24, 1997
2. The Empire Block Building-Underground Tours
the upstairs had been a brothel.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Upstairs in the Empire Block Building image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 24, 1997
3. Upstairs in the Empire Block Building
Empire Rooming House of questionable behavior.
Upstairs in the Empire Block Building-brothel bedroom image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 24, 1997
4. Upstairs in the Empire Block Building-brothel bedroom
The Empire Block Building-Underground Rooms built by the Chinese image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 24, 1997
5. The Empire Block Building-Underground Rooms built by the Chinese
Chinese Laundry underground
The Empire Block Building-Underground Gambling Parlor image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 24, 1997
6. The Empire Block Building-Underground Gambling Parlor
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016.
 
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