Re-birth of the Eugene Fifth Street Market, again

Call it what you will, a retrofit, renovation, re-do. We like to call it “re-birth,” or the taking of an existing structure and repurposing it a usable space or place.

One good example is Eugene’s Fifth Street Public Market.

What was once a poultry plant built in 1929, it re-morphed into the current-day vibrant market for artisans, foodies and retailers in 1976 – and gets 1.4 million visitors a year.

The next phase for the space, which continues to grow, is the addition of the Inn at the 5th, a boutique hotel that opened last month that connects to the past by:

incorporating elements of the past throughout the hotel, including mantles made using wood from the original Nike Store. Bedside tables and a signature lobby coffee table were handcrafted from the trunk of the stately maple tree that once grew on the site.

Here’s a photo set of pics from the previous decades (no, those aren’t Instagram retro filters) that illustrate how the space has changed through the years:


2 thoughts on “Re-birth of the Eugene Fifth Street Market, again

  1. French bakery here was so good when we lived I. Springfield.
    Back to Portland restaurant. – Bergson Chalet in NW., Old Town Crier, nendels, Redmonds On The Hill,.

  2. And the re-modelings continue..even a reconditioned steel railroad boxcar showed up in the lot as a leaher goods purveyor. Meanwhile, close-by, the losses mount…here’s a short list. Civic Stadium gone in fire. Bowling alley on Willamette the same. Original IHOP near Ferry Street Bridge leveled and replace by Whole Foods. Bowling alley on Main in Springfield torn down..another car lot. The site of New Anchorage Drive-In (1958), used in expanded form as Louie’s Village chinese restaurant, torn out. The site of Ford’s Drive-In Coffee Shop (1930’s?) & Dinner House (1958) was finally leveled. [Ford’s claimed to be the site of the first drive-in restaurant in the State of Oregon. The name can be traced back into the downtown core in the 1920’s.] And of course, the mid century City Hall eyesore was demolished. Meanwhile, Junction City continues to be turned into an ever expanding row of fast food quickie stops.

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