90 Years Strong
W. E. Miner and his brother, Henry T. Miner, came to Eugene in 1923 from Wisconsin where they made their livelihoods in timber and real estate holdings. W.E. Miner was a dedicated businessman who believed in the future of Eugene and the prosperity of the people of the Willamette Valley. A devoted supporter of education, the Miner brothers donated The Miner Building as a gift in trust to the University of Oregon in February of 1933 as a permanent endowment for teaching and research in the school of Business Administration.
After 14 years, the State Board of Higher Education sold the property to 38 local doctors in 1947. At the time, the entire 68,000 sq ft was occupied by over 100 tenants.
The Miner Building has been the birthplace of hundreds of companies over its 90 years at the center of the Eugene. Nike had its first shoe waffle press in the basement of The Miner Building. The Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine started in The Miner Building. At the heart of the city, The Miner Building was an incubator of business, prosperity, and success. The Miner Building Renovation Project is a continuation of the vision of prosperity and success that W.E. Miner envisioned when he came to Eugene in 1923. Become a part of the story today.