McMinnville Family Business Cleans Up Historic Landmark

From candy shop to car storage to carpet cleaning business, the Morris Carpet Cleaning building has been transformed time and time again. Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon – a locally-owned family business who specializes in residential and commercial carpet cleaning in McMinnville, OR – details the history behind their business’s building and how they cleaned up shop to make room for their headquarters.

Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon, owned by the Morris family, is a locally-owned business that has been operating in the McMinnville community since 1988, specializing in residential and commercial carpet cleaning. The Morris family business currently occupies 3600 square foot, wood-framed building located on the east side of McMinnville, one block north of Riverside Drive on Lafayette Ave. However, this building hasn’t always been the headquarters for the Morris Carpet Cleaning team.

This building was built in the 1930s and served as a depot along the railroad tracks. It was originally South of its current location and turned 90 degrees facing the railroad. In the early 1950s, the building was moved to its current location, 1405 NE Lafayette Ave., and underwent a large renovation that doubled its square footage. At this time and into the 1960s, the building served as a wholesale candy distributor. “I remember going down to the store with my parents to buy candy to sell in their restaurant, Marty’s Cafe,” Mike Morris reminisces.

In the 1970s, the building stored cars for Terry Tindle and some friends. Then in 1986, Ken Wright started Panther Creek Cellars and occupied this space until 1989. Finally, the Morris family bought the building in 1990 to expand their carpet cleaning business. They performed a renovation at that time to bring the building up to industry standards. During this process, they filled a dumpster full of sawdust that was being used as insulation in the cold storage room.

In 2001, the city of McMinnville changed the section of 14th St. that passed in front of the Morris building, closing off that section to angle the road to line up with the intersection of Riverside Drive and Lafayette Ave. This new road construction helped to expand the plot of land that the Morris building occupies. In 2005, the Morris family expanded the building once again, adding on 5,000 square feet of leasable space. To this day, Lincare has resided in this space, next to Morris Design, Inc. and Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon.

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