East Oregonian Reports Oregon Arts Magnate Jordan Schnitzer Buys Downtown Pendleton Property
May 19, 2016
The East Oregonian's Tim Trainor reports that "Oregon arts magnate" Jordan D. Schnitzer, President of Harsch Investment Properties, has purchased a long-vacant former bank in Downtown Pendleton, OR. Located at 256 S. Main, the 9,500-square-foot property's future has not yet been determined. Trainor writes, "Schnitzer said he is considering it for gallery space and pop-up stores, and forging partnerships with Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, Pendleton Center for the Arts and OMSI. There are plenty of possibilities for the building, he said, and only one idea has been ruled out: It will not remain empty."

“It hurt me to see those vacancies (on Main Street),” said Jordan Schnitzer. “It doesn’t reflect well on the community that’s so proud. This may be crazy, (but I bought it) as another way of giving back.” He notes his longtime affinity for the Pendleton community, which he has been visiting regularly since the 1980s. He has provided college scholarships for members of the Pendleton Round-Up court and Happy Canyon princesses for years, and has long been a vocal and financial supporter of Crow’s Shadow, the Pendleton Center for the Arts, and other local nonprofits.

Jordan Schnitzer has one of the largest contemporary art collections in the country with over 9,500 works, which he lends to museums and universities free of cost through the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation program. The Foundation has organized over 100 exhibitions at more than 75 museums.

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