Why hasn't the Rogue Valley Manor ever changed color?

Manor resident Dean Winn, 79, takes a winning swing at lawn billiards in front of the building main entrance. Pennell photo 8-23-03

When the original Rogue Valley Manor on Barneburg Hill was built in 1961, it used state-of-the art technology.

Long-lasting turquoise porcelain panels covered the outside of the 10-story, 200-apartment building, giving it a greenish hue and making it an instant landmark in Jackson County.

"It's a classic, modern architectural style," said Kevin McLoughlin, executive administrator for the Manor.

Because the panels are porcelain, the building has never been painted and won't need to be painted, he said.

McLoughlin said there has been discussion from time to time about changing the style of the building, but so far those discussions haven't gone anywhere.

And the modernist style of the building is making a comeback in some cities, he said. Manor spokesperson Sarah Prewitt said that when she's traveling on business, she frequently hears comments about the Manor building.

"It is such a landmark that I would be disappointed if anybody changed the color," she said.

Also, the panels have been very low-maintenance during the almost 50-year life of the building.

"We've stood the test of time," said Prewitt.

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