6 Mill Building: This brick building was designed by Walter David Pugh in 1896, after a fire destroyed the original 1889 wooden structure. The construction bid was awarded to John Gray, who with masonry foreman Henry Luker and general grounds foreman J. Cordingly marshaled a crew of forty men to complete construction in a little less than six months. Over 250,000 bricks from the kilns at the Oregon State Penitentiary were used.* In 2006, major rehabilitation of the building’s exterior was completed with its designation by the National Park Service as an American Treasure.
*learn more about the construction of the mill (and see sources for this information) here.
7 Warehouse Building: Formerly housed the wool and rag warehouses with a drive-in loading dock in the middle. Today the warehouse serves and the hub for visitors services and includes the museum’s orientation center, retail stores and galleries (click here for more information), and offices.
8 Library & Archives: This mid-20th century stucco building was built to house the mill’s retail store and offices and replaced a two story house that once stood here. Today the building houses extensive unique historical collections, including records from the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and the Marion County Historical Society. It is open to researchers Tuesday-Friday noon-4pm.
9 Mentzer Machine Shop: Named for the Mill’s faithful and popular millwright, Wayne Mentzer (millwright for 60 years from 1924-1984), the machine shop is where his valuable work took place. The moving machinery and tools on display are original to the Mill and were used for everything from making machine parts to repairing structures.