Since You Asked

Medford resident Paul Gandt read with interest a "Since You Asked" early this month about the D'Anjou Building, which was designed by his father, Albert W. Gandt. Here are additional details, provided by Gandt, and another dip into the Mail Tribune archives, about the colorful building at 328 S. Central Ave., Medford.

— Your humble SYA research team

Albert Gandt designed a variety of buildings in and around Medford in the 1950s — a doughnut shop on Riverside Avenue, office buildings, many ranch-style homes in Arthur Dubs' subdivisions, some churches, and milking parlors for Northern California dairies — but the D'Anjou Building was one that stood out in his son's mind.

"I was more aware of that one than any of his other projects," said Paul Gandt, 82. "It was different from all the others."

The Mail Tribune reported in September 1955 that a unique two-story office building featuring New Orleans-style architecture was under construction at 11th St. and Central Ave., Medford. It was built for Meredith Miller "Hug" Huggins, a General Petroleum distributor, at a cost of $100,000, news accounts said.

Gandt said his father served as an engineer in World War I, sparking a life-long interest in design. He worked as an architect in Wisconsin, and, during World War II, designed life rafts for a division of Weber Showcase & Fixture Co., a Los Angeles-based maker of retail display equipment that diversified to support the war effort.

Around 1950 he retired to the Talent area, planning to raise cattle. He continued to design buildings, working with licensed architects to certify his work instead of becoming licensed in Oregon, his son said.

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