The Skanner building, a former Black medical clinic, added to National Register
Dr. John D. Marshall commissioned construction on the building in 1952
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A building that has an extensive history of championing Black businesses in North Portland has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
According to a spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the former Dr. John D. Marshall Building was officially added to the list in June, courtesy of a nomination from City of Portland officials and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.
The city says Dr. Marshall, the building’s namesake, was one of a few Black doctors providing medical care in the Portland area. By 1952, the doctor had commissioned construction on his own clinic located on 2337 N Williams Ave.
“Over the next several years, Dr. Marshall worked from the building’s main suite and leased smaller offices to other Black professionals including dentist Dr. Samuel J. Brown, pharmacist Dr. Richard Neal, and lawyer Aaron Brown,” officials said.