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Since You Asked:

There is a beautiful pink stone building with green wrought iron at the corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street in Medford. Do you know what it was built to house?

I have lived here in Medford for a number of years and I don't believe it has ever been occupied. It looks empty now. Any information will be appreciated.

— Marilyn V., Medford

That's the D'Anjou Building, at 328 S. Central Ave., and records at the Jackson County Assessor's Office show it was built in 1955 as a commercial office building.

And while it does have some space available now should you be looking for an office near downtown, it's certainly not empty. Current business listings for the address include the Rogue Valley Community Development Corp., Birthright of Medford, Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, Future in Uniforms, and Sixkillers Cleaning Service.

Through the decades, the building has housed numerous real estate agents, mortgage brokers, a state Bureau of Labor office and even the chamber of commerce for a time, the Mail Tribune archives show.

Most notoriously, a woman planned to open a club called Private Encounters, featuring lingerie modeling and nude dancing there in 2005, but other tenants protested to the building's owner and the business never opened.

The woman, Barbara Jean Bransford, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution in 2006, after employees of her escort service were arrested in a prostitution sting at a Medford motel.

Dipping into the archives, the Since You Asked research team also found that Cecil E. Watson, a local artisan, created the hand-crafted ornamental ironwork on the building.

In 1995, the building was refurbished in the colors of New Orleans' French Quarter, under the direction of Donna Butchino, former mayor of Eagle Point and real estate agent who owned the building then.

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