The building to the left is known as the Gerlinger building.  It was home of Salem’s Capital Business College, distinguished for the time future President Herbert Hoover took business classes there.  According to the 1893 Polk’s City directory, the building was located at the SW corner of Commercial and Chemeketa Streets.

The Capital Business College was started in September of 1889.  By 1903, the school had moved to 131 Court Street, and had 125 students enrolled in its business and shorthand departments.

[1]  By 1919 the school had moved to the corner of High and Ferry Streets.[2]

This image, part of the Al Jones photo collection at the Willamette Heritage Center, is also posted on the Salem Online History Photo site.  The site misidentifies the address of the building as SW corner of Commercial and Court, as volunteer Sue Masse discovered today.


[1] “The Capital Business College, 131 Court St.” Oregon Statesman Illustrated Annual. 1903 pg 37.

[2] Oregon Statesman Peace Edition, 1919 pg 8.