Unique Piece of Americana For Sale in Cottage Grove

Old advertising on barns is an acquired taste, but once acquired people can become passionate about an installment, as if the work in question is public art, not advertising for a product no longer available. Maybe it is art. It’s certainly collectible, that part goes unchallenged.

Such is the case in Cottage Grove, Oregon, where fans of barnvertising have attempted to save the “Dr. Pierce Barn,” unsuccessfully, so far.

Now, the barn is for sale. Here’s the listing from Craigslist in Eugene:

This historic barn was built in 1900. The Dr. Pierce’s Pleasant Pellets advertisement was originally painted in 1912. This barn is currently on the register of historic places but I have a valid demolition permit issued by the City of Cottage Grove in hand. The barn is not safe to enter at this time but could be restored with some work.

The price in the heading ($35,000) is for the barn with sign ONLY. This price does NOT include the property on which the barn sits. The barn must be completely removed from the property by October 1st, 2012. (barn dimensions = 45′ long, 32′ wide, and 25′ high to the peak of the roof). Purchaser is responsible for removal costs.

If you are interested in purchasing the sign ONLY the price is $25,000 and the sign must be removed by October 1st, 2012. (approximate sign dimensions = 28′ wide x 12′ high). Purchaser is responsible for removal costs.

If you are interested in purchasing the barn AND the 1.3 acre lot on which it sits (inside the Cottage Grove city limits) the price is $135,000 and closing must be final by October 1st, 2012.

These prices may be subject to some negotiation.

SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY – Please call 541.953.4879

It’s not an old Frank Lloyd Wright for sale, but (at the right price) there’s a buyer for everything.

Hat tip: Historic Preservation League of Oregon



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.