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Old 05-18-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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I'm putting in an application in Salem so was looking it up a bit. I don't know very much at all about the place but the job opening sounds like a dream to me so either way I'm going to apply. I see a photo of the State Capitol and it looks just like a Mormon Temple. Is there any particular reason for this? Was a Mormon Governor in office when it was designed? Is there a large Mormon presence? Was the architect of the project Mormon?

I'm just really curious how this building came to be. If anyone has a good history link I'd be interested in seeing it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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It's actually "Art Deco" style. Has nothing to do with Mormons at all. Since it was built in 1938 at the height of that architectural style, it's not really surprising. This is actually the "third" capital building. The second one was much more traditional looking but burned down in 1935.

Oregon State Capitol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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It's actually "Art Deco" style. Has nothing to do with Mormons at all. Since it was built in 1938 at the height of that architectural style, it's not really surprising. This is actually the "third" capital building. The second one was much more traditional looking but burned down in 1935.

Oregon State Capitol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ya I read that already and understand its Art Deco. But there's lots of Art Deco buildings that don't resemble Mormon Temples, especially with the "Bronze Pilgrim" on top. I thought maybe there was a reason it is so similar.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:56 AM
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I'm not sure how you get Mormon out of that, but no, Oregon hasn't had a Mormon governor.

It just looks like a standard early-mid 20th century eyesore. Lots of capitols have something stuck on top.

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Old 05-18-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Were the Mormon temples you speak of built before or after the Oregon capitol building?
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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It's not Morman or LDS or whatever they call themselves these days. Most of the Oregon Pioneers were Christian religions
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Were the Mormon temples you speak of built before or after the Oregon capitol building?
Hmm good question. I'll try to find an answer because it could very well be the other way around. One article I found indicates 1955 but then there is a research report talking about Mormons from Oregon and Washington caravaning to the Alberta temple when it was completed in 1923. It is not quite as similar though to the Oregon capitol as some (Cardston, Alberta is the 1923 one)

LDS (Mormon) Temple Photographs

I also found a few similar comments elsewhere but they are on competitor websites and don't look at how it came to be just people saying it reminds them of a Mormon temple.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Having lived in many states and traveled to many others (47), I can tell you it is similar to the majority of state capital buildings.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Default by comparison..

I can understand the similarities to some Mormon temple designs. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the inspirations for the designs are related (Egyptian/Greek). To me it looks like the Mormons have moved onto a different design style lately. The Portland temple does not look like the state capitol at all. Some churches have a distinctive style in periods. I would point to the oldest churches in Europe for examples as they would change less over time (comparatively) than the modern styled churches here.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I see a photo of the State Capitol and it looks just like a Mormon Temple.
There are roughly 135 Mormon temples worldwide today and with very few exceptions, they are all vastly different from the others. It seems to me that the fact that the Oregon state capitol looks like "a" Mormon temple is pretty much coincidental.
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