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Document 1: News Clipping from YWCA Board of Director Minute Books, 3 April 1907, Portland YWCA Archives, Portland, Oregon.

       The Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A. boards of directors and trustees at a joint meeting yesterday officially accepted the committee's report recommending the purchase of the half block lying between Sixth and Seventh, Yamhill and Taylor streets, as a site for the proposed building for the two associations. The Young Women's Christian Association building will be on the northeast corner of Seventh and Taylor streets, while the Young Men's Christian Association will occupy the northwest corner of Sixth and Taylor streets.

       As soon as the deed to the property is made over the construction of the building will be begun. It will be necessary to send the deed to Paris in order to obtain the signature of Miss Bernice A. Baker, one of the heirs of the estate. George A. Baker, who also has an interest in the property, was at Carlsbad, Germany, last week, when C.K. Henry, who negotiated the deal, caught him by cable and informed him of the use to which it was desired to put the property. He readily agreed to sign a deed upon the payment of $150,000. Following is the official statement of the action taken last night by the directors and trustees of the two associations:

       At a joint meeting of the respective boards of directors and trustees of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association held April 3, 1907, the following plan for the acquisition of property, the division of funds and the preparation for the erection of buildings was adopted, to wit:

       That the boards of the two associations following the action taken by each separately confirm the action of the executive committee in securing an option on the Ainsworth property, being the south half of the block lying between Sixth, Seventh, Taylor and Yamhill streets, at the price of $150,000, and direct the executive committee to conclude the purchase at that price.

       That of the ground purchased, the west 60 feet, being 100 hundred feet on Seventh street and 60 feet facing on Taylor street, be apportioned to the Young Women's Christian Association, and that the portion of purchase price to be paid therefor be fixed at $35,000, and that the remaining portion of said half block being 140 feet on Taylor street and 100 feet on Sixth street, be apportioned to the Young Men's Christian Association, and that the portion of purchase price to be paid therefor be fixed at $115,000.

       That the two boards recommend to the joint executive committee, which has had charge of the raising of funds, that a bank be selected as treasurer; that all collections on account of subscriptions be deposited in such bank, and that the bank pay over to the treasurer of the Young Men's Christian Association seven-tenths of all moneys thus coming into its hands, and to the treasurer of the Young Women's Christian Association, three-tenths of all such moneys, in accordance with the agreement between the respective associations at the beginning of the campaign.

       That the young Women's Christian Association withdraw for its sole and separate use the $6000 raised by it before the beginning of the joint campaign.

       That the Young Men's Christian Association withdraw from the joint fund and have for its sole and separate use all funds that may arise from sale of its property at Fourth and Yamhill streets.

       That it be recommended to the respective building committees and to the executive committee that the same architect be selected for both buildings and that the exterior of the buildings be made to conform in design and appearance.

       That so far as practicable and as may seem wise the architect shall let the separate contracts for portions of the respective buildings to the same contractors, at the same time.

       That one lighting and heating plant be made to serve both buildings, the Young Men's Christian Association to pay seven-tenths of cost of installation, maintenance and operation, and the Young Women's Christian Association to pay three-tenths thereof.

       That the $45,000 intended to be applied from the subscriptions towards the endowment of the Young Men's Christian Association to meet the Corbett bequest be taken entirely from the seven-tenths of subscriptions apportioned to said Association and not from the joint fund.

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