Lord & Schryver & the Plane Trees, Chapter 2

Yesterday Sharon and I were doing some preparatory file sifting as we begin the process of mounting a show next year at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art that will feature the drawings of Edith Schryver.  Schryver was one half of the landscape design team of Lord & Schryver, active in this region from 1928 through the 1960’s.  Elizabeth Lord was the plants-woman, together they worked out designs, and Schryver executed the drawings.  Lord had grown up in Salem while her father was the governor of Oregon, and her mother was a dedicated gardener.  She had a particular love of civic projects and the firm took on many local design projects.  I reported earlier on the plane trees arrayed around the Marion County Court House, and yesterday was reminded of another group of plane trees also planned by Lord and Schryver.

Here’s the school under construction in 1935-36

and here it is today

Six of the seven plane trees on the original plan are today beautiful and stately along 14th street.

Better go take a look.


  1. Oh I haven’t thought of THAT in a while. In the first few years we were here the blimp came at State Fair time and slowly moseyed over the town at low levels with this whirring sound…you could recognize it as the blimp sound!

  2. Very cool! Do your plans also name the architect of the school? I was chasing down all the known buildings of Fred Legg, many of which are not currently identified as his in Salem historical materials, and one of the references I could not resolve.

    In a 1936 “Bits for Breakfast” column, RJ Hendricks said that Legg was responsible for “the Salem high school.” WD Pugh’s name I found firmly attached to the 1905 school on the Meier & Frank site. That really leaves only Parrish and North as candidates. Whose name is on your plans, if I may ask? This could solve a mystery!


  3. I’ll have to go check the drawing. I know of Fred Legg from research done when we wrote the historic district nomination. He lived in a rather fantastic house on State street, long gone, and built several houses in our neighborhood. David Pugh I also know of but he was a bit earlier?

  4. David W. Pugh was Walter D. Pugh’s (April 4, 1863 – Nov 23, 1946) brother, and David H. Pugh was Walter’s father. There is also a David Pugh who was responsible for Memorial Coliseum in Portland, but he’s significantly later, and I don’t know whether he’s a relative. I’m afraid I don’t know anything about David’s (any David’s!) activity in Salem!

    (As for Fred, I too was sad to learn about 1499 State St.!)

    In addition to the article on Fred Legg in my previous comment, here’s what I know of Walter D.

    Thank you!

  5. Have you found out anything about the architect of North?

    I was walking the State Hospital grounds over the weekend and my companion pointed to some plane trees! These were of the same approximate vintage as those on the Courthouse grounds and at North, so we naturally wondered if L & S had also done some planning for the State Hospital. Do you know? Thanks!

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