Creating a Place for People
Tour of Madison Avenue

A stroll down Madison Avenue from the Oregon State University campus east to the Willamette River demonstrates how this street has become emblematic of the energy and spirit of Corvallis. Here you will find the elements that make the city such a livable place: recreation, commerce, art, history, government, nature, education, music and vibrant open spaces. The following list of familiar sights along Madison Avenue is keyed to the map on the left and the photos below..


1. The University. The campus started with a single building on the hill: Benton Hall. Today, the lower campus is the site of a future MATF/OSU project that will enhance the stroll from 9th Street to Benton Hall with a pedestrian promenade, entry fountain, benches, historical panels and a campus map for visitors.

2. Historical Sign. Fred Porter, City Engineer.

3. Basalt Columns. (John Stewart, artist) A mini park on the corner.

4. Historical Sign. First Congregational Church.

5. Patterned Crosswalks. Typical along Madison Avenue. Look for MATF logo.

6. Central Park. Surrounded by City Hall, the library, The Arts Center, churches and historic neighborhoods. A place where the community gathers. Smell the roses along the way.

7. Braille Signs. Describe local plants along the path.

8. The Gazebo. Evening band concerts in the summer.

9. The Arts Center. Gallery, sales, activities, programs. Energy center for the arts. Public is welcome, free.

10. Esther Henderson Memorial. (Jason Saunders & Hester Coucke, artists) At The Arts Center entrance.

11. The Ballerina. (Raymond Hunter, artist) Dancing here since 1979.

12. The Arts Center Plaza. Sit, rest, picnic. Site of MATF Spring garden Festival, the Fall Festival and more.

13. Bronze Squirrel. (Raymond Hunter, artist) Sharing your bench.

14. Historical Sign. The Arts Center and MATF.

15. Historical Sign. Central School 1889.

16. Historical Sign. Corvallis Schools until 1946.

17. Clever Disguise. (Peter Helzer, artist) A sculpture for fun.

18. Playground. A popular destination.

19. The Library. The pride of the community (one block north of Madison).

20. Park Entry. An MATF and Parks Department project.

21. Railroad on 6th. Since 1880. Still connects Corvallis to San Francisco and New York.

22. Wildflower Prints. (Bonnie Hall, artist) Wildflowers on City Hall.

23. Poem & Photo. Creative responses to Mary's Peak. On alley wall.

Friends Explain About Marys Peak. (Anita Sullivan, poet)

Water Over Rocks. (Todd Parker, artist)

24. City Hall. Former site of USO.

25. City Hall Plaza. A place for proclamations.

26. Kiosk. Posters of current events.

27. Leaf Flip. (Anne Storrs, artist)Concrete medallions of leaves in the sidewalk.

28. Flowing River. (Devin Laurence Field, artist) Fish sculture in fountain.

29. Catch the Bus. 1 block north on 5th.

30. Fifth Street. Police and Sheriff are two blocks north.

31. Photos in the Alley. (Todd Parker, artist; Owen Bentley, artist)

32. The Shopper. (Heitho Bokides Reuther, artist) Ceramic art in alley.

33. Gathering Place. (Barry Glassman & Cynthia Spencer, artists) Ceramic wall art.

34. Blackberry Picker. (Steve Gardner, artist) Ceramic wall art.

Field Burn Sentinel. (Rich Bergeman, artist)

Fir Trees in Fog (Todd Parker, artist)

35 Bronze Drinking Fountain. (Raymond Hunter, artist) Shaped like a flower.

36. Historical Sign. The Opera House.

37. Bike Shelter. Corvallis is a bike friendly town.

38. Fourth Street. Site of Corvallis' annual Holiday Parade. Historic Courthouse one block north. Highway 99 South.

39. Historical Sign. City Hall, 1892.

40. Historical Sign. Whiteside Theatre, 1922.

41. The Masonic Building. Built in 1910 with classical entry. Designed by Oregon architect, J. V. Bennes.

42.The Harding Building. Built 1912.

43. Third Street. Look for hanging banners featuring OSU and civic festivals. Highway 99 North.

44. Spring Flowers. Thousands of Spring bulbs planted along Madison and the Riverfront by volunteers.

45. Ceramic Mural. Created by Willamette Ceramic Guild members, it depicts historic and present Corvallis.

46. To September. (Donna Henderson, poet) (South side of street)

Ferns. (Barry Wulff, artist) (North side of street)

Pausing to Hear a Mountain. (Gregg Kleiner, poet) (North side of street)

Literary and photographic images on the alley wall.

47. Native Flowers. (Bonnie Hall, artist) More Bonnie Hall prints of Oregon wild flowers in alley.

48. Fly: The Squatter. (Rich Branstrom, artist) Alley art....look up!

49. Historical Sign. Kline Building, 1889

50. Cassie. (Sue McNiel Jacobsen, artist)Bronze dog sculpture with waterbowl.

51. Street Trees. Planted in the early 1980's. Protected by ordinance and master plan.

52. Trash Cans with Flowers. With embossed Corvallis logo. An original Corvallis design.

53. Waterdance Sculptures. (Miles Pepper, artist) Inspired by Leonardo daVinci's drawings of water. 22 identical sculptures on 2nd Street mark the edge of the Riverfront District.

54. Historical Sign. Benton County State Bank, 1907. There were Turkish baths in the basement.

55. Ascending Bronze Frog. (Tim Foley, artist) It climbs the alley wall.

56. Midway Theatre Poetry Sign. Local poets have seven lines, 20 feet long, in 6-inch high letters.

57. Howland Plaza. One of several stopping places along the Riverfront Commemorative Park.

58. Historical Sign. Early Town Development.

59. Historical Sign. River Travel.

60. Riverfront Commemorative Park. A mile-long waterfront park featuring artwork, historical panels, the 1913 Van Buren Bridge, plazas, benches and fountain--the result of 80 years of community thought.


#1 Benton Hall circa 1920


#5 MATF Logo


#9 & #12 Fall Scene


#13 Bronze Squirrel

DisguiseBack DisguiseFront

Madison Avenue Task Force P.O. Box 1013 Corvallis, OR 97339

#17 from the back

#17 from the front


#27 Leaf Flip


# 24 & #25, City Hall


#35 & #36


#33 Gathering Place

#39 Historical Panel


#44 Spring Flowers everywhere


#41 Masonic Temple


#48 Fly Squatter


#52 Trash Can with Style


#55 Bronze Frog


#53 Waterdance Sculptures



Riverfront Park Sculpture


Riverfront Park Sculpture

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