New York style loft located in Salem's oldest historic building in downtown Salem, Oregon. 2400 Sq. Ft. Exquisite furnishings. Gourmet Kitchen. Quiet Venue. Adults Only. Same owner 30 years.
I am offering my 2400 Sq. Ft. second floor historic loft. $20,000 in recent exquisite furnishings. Master bedroom with king size bed. Second bedroom with queen size wall bed. Well appointed gourmet kitchen. On-street parking and entrance. There is also a designated off-street free parking space available for my Loft guest.
We cater to tourists, friends, and families who value experiencing historic properties in urban settings. Feel free to tour our Oregon State Capitol, historic state archives, historic downtown Salem shopping district, and theaters, gardens and museums. We also cater to visiting parents and family members of students and others attending or affiliated with Willamette University or Law School, legislators, Salem Convention Center attendees and those coming to enjoy our Mid-Willamette wine country and anyone else who wants to experience historical beauty. My historic loft is located on Commercial St between Chemeketa and Court St in the heart of historic downtown Salem. This is a quiet, clean, and approximately 2400 sq. ft. two bedroom loft. Whether it is one or four guests, the entire loft is your private space, including the 800 sq. ft rooftop deck with views of the Willamette river and Riverfront Park. Enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of NW micro-brew and watch the sunset in the hills of Polk and Yamhill county wine country. There is a well appointed gourmet kitchen and dining room. Enjoy the media room with 40 inch LCD TV and high speed WiFi internet cable with download speeds of 50 Mbs and 10 Mbs upload.
Bathroom is 400 sq. ft. fully stocked with robes, toiletries and more. Two person jetted Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Full size washer and dryer and laundry sink.
Unpack if you like, and make yourself at home - you will not feel like you are living in someone's space.
The entire property is available except an owner's cleaning closet in the back room.
I will be happily available to help with any questions or concerns both before and during your stay! Don't hesitate to contact me, I want you to have the best and most relaxing time possible while your stay at my beautiful Loft!
You must be able to safely navigate up and down the stairs (see photos). There is no elevator. No pets are allowed in the loft.
The living space is elegant with expensive furnishing and art. The fir floors are 147 years old so we ask that you remove your shoes and use the available cozy and thick foot warmers when in the loft, or just wear your socks or go barefoot. Floors are spotlessly clean. This space is not a place for children, there is nothing for children to do in the loft. No pets allowed.
The legal description is 231/233 Commercial St NE Salem Oregon 97301. Starkey-McCulley Building is the Historic Name. 1867 Year of Construction. This 147 year old commercial building is a two-story masonry structure with cast iron decoration. This building is believed to be the oldest extant building in the district and its cast iron facade to be one of the oldest in Oregon. Cast iron was used as structural support to enable the construction of larger front ground store openings for display windows. The ground floor facade bays were framed in cast iron pilasters and arches. A cast iron cornice was bolted to the front below a shallow parapet. The ground floor arcade, manufactured by the Oregon Iron Works in Portland, included some highly embellished elements: wide, rusticated outer corner pilasters with vermiculited panels, pilasters with a serpentine foliage motif with in a continuous, arched modeled panel, segmental arches with molded spandrels and central bosses, and a connection cornice carried by modillions. The pilaster capitals were in bold relief and the Corinthian style. According to a 1939 photograph, the original facade appears to have remained substantially in tact until sometime after 1939. Only the northerly 70 feet of the original 120 feet facade are recognizable and retain some of the original elements of the cast iron arcade.
The history of both the building and its owners are equally interesting. David McCulley was born in New Brunswick in 1814. His family immigrated to Ohio in 1822. In 1844 he moved to Iowa and opened a general merchandising store with his brother, Asa McCulley. Later the brothers sold their store and went to California with Amos Starkey, John L Starkey and Sam Starkey in search of gold. They each returned to Iowa with $5,000.00. Asa McCulley and John L. Starkey formed a partnership and moved to Oregon in 1852. In 1858 McCulley and Starkey opened a general store at the corner of State and Commercial streets (the present location of Ladd and Bush Bank). In 1867 McCulley opened his second store at 233 Commercial Street; the building newly erected by he and Starkey.
The building began its life in 1868 as a dry goods store with a boarding house above. The upstairs eventually turned into the Foresters Hall around 1917, and was even a speakeasy during prohibition, as evidenced by peepholes in the doors and a ‘hooch house’ hidden on the roof. Occupancy history can only be traced in detail in the Salem City Directory after street numbers were first adopted in 1886. However, glimpses of the buildings use before that year are possible. Nicklin and Company operated a general store selling groceries, dress goods and hardware, and a Mrs. Snyder operated a millinery shop. By 1894 there were two grocery stores in the southern portion of the building, In the northern portion if the building E.S. Lamport had a harness shop, Charles G Giver repaired boots and shoes and Charles W. Hellenbrand operated a restaurant. Lamport continued his harness business at the location until his death in 1912. The Starkey-McCulley Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Angela Jones in her twenties and Mike Jones barely in his thirties decided that restoring and turning a abandoned, 2400 foot dance hall in a 1868 vintage 2-story building downtown Salem Oregon into a New York Style Loft Apartment would be a Grand Idea and embarked upon one of the most mentally and physically grueling endeavors the two had yet to fathom. The facade looked about as bad as the second floor did; its ancient coat of paint was barely covering a number of problems with the brickwork, and all of the original windows, cornices and gutters had long since disappeared or had simply fallen off. The second story hadn’t been lived in since 1952, and looked it. Because of the historic status of the building a lot of time and research went into finding old photos to determine what the building looked like originally. Then the historical society also placed many restrictions and required hand finishing of all tuck pointing in the mortar of the entire brick facade! Careful to not remove any of the historic fabric of the building, the original trim pieces were removed and cataloged then cleaned for re-installation. All very time consuming, expensive, and historically worth it. On the 2nd story what was left of the old plaster was removed and replaced with new. Under layers of black, dirty wood, was found a beautiful clear fir floor (builders threw the knotty pieces away back in 1868) that glowed with a honey color once refinished. The old upper entry, a lovely 12 foot arch of glass and wood, was hidden under many coats of paint and neglect. The main room was divided by a gigantic bi-fold wood door that hadn’t operated in years, but was fixable by raising the sag out of the ceiling. This turned out to be a layer of brick lining the entire attic of the ceiling 5 brick deep, used as a fire wall from the roof or vise a versa. The bricks had to be removed by hand up and down a ladder to the 18ft opening in the ceiling a brick at a time. Upgrading the electrical and plumbing was another challenge; the city inspectors were just as picky as the Historic folks, only about different things that weren’t always amenable with each other. It made sense to create an obvious difference between the old and the new elements of the loft. This approach made it easier to fulfill the historic requirements of our state historic office and create a very livable residence. The bedroom and adjoining room is located in the front to take advantage of the morning sun. Rather than block off the area with full walls, 7’closet/dividers to section off these two rooms from the living and dining rooms were used, and this also allowed light in from above the walls. The clean clear birch cabinets and dividing closets provide a great contrast to the historic ornament and existing structure of the space. The loft is built around a central elevated gourmet kitchen below a large skylight. Poured in place concrete counters and stainless steel appliances and back splash with Purple Heart flooring, further adds to the contrast and enhancement. The back of the loft houses the over-sized bathroom with a jetted tub, and a separate shower and laundry area. The rear room leads to a deck and rooftop garden overlooking the Riverfront Park and Willamette River one block away. The loft was complete in 1992 and after 23 years the loft is now available for the first time as a public living/event space. Please come and enjoy this comfortable, historical, elegant space and feel the peace of old meets new. It is with my utmost pleasure that I share this brilliantly beautiful loft with you and my community.