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Full text nominations for Oregon properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places within the last six months can be found below. If a property is not listed below, please contact Tracy Zeller at (503) 986-0690 or Tracy.Zeller@oregon.gov for an electronic or paper copy. 
 
A complete list of inventoried and National Register-listed properties is available online through the Oregon Historic Sites Database.  

Arleta Branch Library, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed March 15, 2016
Constructed in 1918 using Carnegie Corporation grant funds, the brick Colonial Revival-style Arleta Branch Library, more recently known as the Wikman Building, was designed by well-known Portland architect Folger Johnson. The Arleta Branch Library is one of thirty-one Carnegie libraries built in Oregon, and one of seven built in the Portland area during the 1910s and early 1920s. Its Colonial Revival style is typical of this period of architecture in general, as well as reflective of Carnegie Corporation guidelines for library design. The Arleta Branch Library was the sixth Carnegie library to be constructed as part of the Library Association of Portland’s (now Multnomah County’s) branch library system and served its surrounding community through 1971 when city library services were centralized.

 

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Pilot Butte Canal Historic District, Deschutes County, Bend, Listed February 8, 2016
The construction of the Pilot Butte Canal was a result of the vision of east-coast real-estate investor Alexander McClurg Drake. Drake sought to irrigate the lands surrounding the Deschutes River under the provisions of the federal Carey Desert Lands Act, which encouraged the establishment of irrigated farms in the arid West. Construction on the canal began in 1903. The critical Cooley Road to Yeoman Road Segment connected the already-constructed flume from the Deschutes River and traversed the basalt bedrock on its way north. However, the section was particularly difficult due to the terrain, and resources were concentrated here. Laborers using horse-drawn Fresno Scrapers and steam-powered drills finished this portion of the canal on February 10, 1905. The canal’s completion spurred rapid growth and development of central Oregon, including the establishment of Bend, Redmond, and other communities. It also provided an economic boost to the entire state with the growth of the agriculture and timber industries. The basalt floor and sides of the Cooley Road – Yeoman Road Segment of the Pilot Butte Canal still show the tooling marks left by the scrapers and the steam drills, and its rough, unfinished nature reflects both the difficulty in digging the canal and the importance of finishing the project quickly. The National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 listed the Pilot Butte Canal segment in the National Register after an extensive public process beginning in December 2014. The review process included comments from the Central Oregon Irrigation Company, residents, advocacy groups, and local, state, and federal agencies. NPS’ decision is based only on the National Register criteria, which considers the degree to which the property retains its historic appearance and its historic importance.

 
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Henry & Mary Cyrus Barn, Linn County, Lebanon, Listed November 9, 2015

The 1884 Henry and Mary Cyrus Barn is an increasingly rare example of a late-nineteenth century timber-frame barn in Linn County. The Cyrus family benefited the arrival and expansion of the railroad in the 1870s and 1880s, which created a local economic boom as farmers exported ever more wheat to national markets and imported needed equipment and building materials. For its time, the Cyrus Barn incorporated all the most modern features, including a mechanical hayfork, expansive hayloft, and steel-track roller doors. The barn was constructed using traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery (wood pegs) for the wood frame, while still incorporating newly available materials, including circular-sawn boards from local mills, machine-cut nails, and metal hardware. Notably, the interior, including the original grain bins and wood milking stanchions, remains largely intact. In the 1930s Swiss immigrant Franz (Frank) Schuler and his wife Eliza added two wood stave silos to the barn to store winter silage for dairy cattle. The silos are thought to be one of the last remaining examples of this type remaining in the County.

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Washington High School, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed November 9, 2015
Washington High School is located in Southeast Portland, within Portland’s Buckman neighborhood. The four-story, Classical Revival school was designed by the Portland architecture firm of Houghtaling & Dougan and constructed in 1923-24. The school is significant for the role it played in the development of the city’s eastside communities. It was designed to respond to Portland’s need for expanded school facilities; growing concerns around health and safety (with a particular focus on fire prevention); and school designs that offered optimal learning environments as espoused by education experts at the time. The concrete school, which is faced with red brick and finished with terracotta moldings and details, was designed specifically for increased fire protection, as the previous school on the site burned in 1922. Decorative details can be found across the building’s exterior, including bas relief panels, engaged brick pilasters, lions heads, caryatid heads, and inspirational quotes. The progressive school provided technical training and included science laboratories and a 830-seat auditorium, in addition to classrooms.  The building ceased functioning as a high school in 1981, but was used for social services by Portland Public Schools until they sold the building in 2013. It has now been rehabilitated and re-opened as a commercial and retail space and performance venue.
 
--> Download the Washington High School nominatinon [pdf]
 
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Jefferson County Courthouse, Jefferson County, Madras, Listed September 17, 2015

Following a contentious battle for the county seat, the 1917 Jefferson County Courthouse, known to locals as “the Old Courthouse,” was constructed as the Madras City Hall, but housed the county offices and court from 1917 until 1961 when the current courthouse was built a block away. The small concrete Jailhouse remained the only facility for holding prisoners during the same time. The Courthouse was constructed during a period of relative prosperity in Jefferson County and Madras specifically, which had grown steadily since the early-twentieth century with the establishment of dry-land farms throughout the area under the Homestead Act. Winning the county seat secured Madras’ position as the county’s economic and political center, encouraging further growth and development. In 1934, the United States Resettlement Administration, a Depression-era aid program, began buying failed farms throughout the county signaling an important shift in governance as the once profitable agricultural land surrounding Madras transferred from private ownership subject to county governance to pubic grazing lands under federal stewardship.

 

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Andrew Jackson & Sara Jane Masters House, Washignton County, Aloha,

Listed September 17, 2015

The 1854 Masters House is located east of Hillsboro and west of the community of Aloha. The house is as an excellent example of a Classical Revival dwelling constructed during Oregon’s settlement period by overland emigrants. The timber frame house illustrates common earlier building construction techniques, with hewn structural members, rough sawn utility lumber, and planed finish materials. The house is also notable as the long-time residence of Sarah Jane Masters, who settled there with her first husband on their 638-acre land claim. Sarah’s husband died as the result of an altercation with neighbor James McMillen only two years after completion of the house. Mary Jane was to marry again twice, bear eight children, and live in the house until her death in 1896.
The City of Hillsboro currently owns the structure, which was the subject of the University of Oregon’s Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School this last summer. This is the second house owned by the City of Hillsboro that has been recently listed in the National Register. The first was the 1912 Malcolm McDonald House, listed in January 2015.

--> Download the Andrew Jackson & Sara Jane Masters House nomination [pdf]

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Otto & Verdell Rutherford House, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed August 5, 2015
The Otto and Verdell Rutherford House, a modest bungalow that served as a family home and support center for civil rights causes for more than half a century, is believed to be the first historic property in Oregon listed primarily for its association with the Civil Rights Movement. It was home to three generations of the Rutherford family, each of which was active in civil rights in Portland. William Rutherford and his brother Henry moved to Portland from Columbia, South Carolina in 1897 to work as barbers in the prestigious Portland Hotel. In 1923 William moved into the 1905 house on Shaver Street in the King neighborhood of Albina. Here William and his wife Lottie raised their four children, including their third son Otto, instilling in them a love of community and respect for education and hard work. Otto and Verdell moved back into the family home upon their marriage in 1936 and began their life of activism. A high point in their careers occurred in 1953, when Oregon’s Public Accommodations Act, under the sponsorship of then Representative Mark O. Hatfield, was passed. This landmark legislation occurred when Otto Rutherford was president of the Portland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Verdell was secretary, positions they held for several years. The Rutherford house, where Otto and Verdell raised their three children, was the location of much organizing for civil rights in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as being the first home of the NAACP Credit Union. In later years, the Rutherfords worked arduously to document the history of the African American community in Portland. This collection, donated by daughter Charlotte Rutherford, is now housed in Portland State University’s Special Collections & University Archives. The Rutherfords also participated as community historians in the Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s inventory of African American properties in Portland in the late 1990s. Otto died in 2000 and Verdell followed shortly thereafter, in 2001. The house is still held by the family.
 
--> Download the Otto & Verdell Rutherford House nomination [pdf]
 
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Leaburg Hydroelectric Project Historic District, Lane County, Leaburg vicinity,

Listed June 29, 2015

The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project was put into service in January 1930 and continues to generate electric power as part of the Eugene Water & Electric Board system, a municipally owned utility located in Lane County, Oregon. It is located along approximately five miles of the McKenzie River in the vicinity of Leaburg, and consists of the dam and powerhouse; the reservoir, canal and tailrace; and Leaburg Village, built to house dam workers. The Leaburg Hydroelectric Project was constructed between 1928 and 1930 and completed as originally envisioned in June 1950. Designed by the Portland engineering firm of Stevens & Koon, the facility is significant for its engineering design, incorporating innovative technological features such as the Broome Self-Closing Sluice Gate and three 100'-long roller gates. It is also significant for its art and architecture. The powerhouse was designed by Ellis Lawrence, the founder of the University of Oregon school of architecture. The bas relief panels on the building were created by the nationally prominent sculptor Harry Camden Poole. The powerhouse is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture used in an industrial setting in Oregon.

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First National Bank of Bandon, Coos County, Bandon, Listed June 24, 2015

The temple-front First National Bank of Bandon was designed by Bror Benjamin Ostlind, a well-known and prominent architect from Marshfield, Oregon, present-day Coos Bay. Ostlind was born in Karlstad, Sweden in 1885, and moved to Marshfield in 1906. He was an active community member and a successful businessman, owning several enterprises in the community. In the bank building’s design, Ostlind combined the use of a relatively new and structurally robust material, concrete with “cold twisted rod” reinforcement. The and the Neoclassical style of the building resulted in an attractive and functional commercial bank building that conveyed the stability of the institution to the community, while providing a secure and fire-resistant location for the bank. The design was successful, and the building survived the Great Fire of 1936 that razed downtown Bandon. The building is recognized as the embodiment of the distinctive characteristics of its type, period, and method of its construction.

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Madras Army Air Field North Hangar, Jefferson County, Madras, Listed June 8, 2015
In 1943, the U.S. Army transformed the wheat fields northeast of Madras into a fully-functioning air field to train B-17 bombardment squadrons as part of a nation-wide effort to build the nation’s air force during World War II. The Boeing B-17 was known as the “Flying Fortress” due to its immense size and ability to sustain heavy damage during combat - a reputation earned in the skies over Europe. The Madras location met the Army’s requirements for a secure site with year-round clear weather ideal for training new crews. The airfield was one of several training bases in the region. The Army quickly constructed the base’s 96 buildings, including officer quarters, squadron barracks and associated living areas, station base buildings, two 120-foot-by-80-foot hangars, and other special-purpose buildings. The surviving hangar is one of the few remaining base buildings and is a rare intact example of the standard OBH-2 type hangar. The type is notable for its all-wood construction and bowstring roof truss system. Ground crews used the hangar to service B-17 bombers, and while massive in size, the building is just large enough to accommodate a single plane. The hangar’s wood construction uses regionally-abundant and inexpensive materials to meet the Army’s demands for cost-effective and efficient construction. In 1944, the base’s operations shifted toward training for smaller fighter planes including the Bell P-39Q Airacobra, Bell P-63 Kingcobra and Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The base was closed at the end of the war in 1945. The newly-listed hangar will be a focal point for activities Aug. 28-29 at the Airshow of the Cascades. An air museum is located nearby.
 
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Hoodoo Ridge Lookout, Wallowa County, Troy vcty, Listed May 26, 2015
The Hoodoo Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1925 to support fire detection and suppression. Initially consisting of only a six-foot-wide crow’s nest platform with an open ladder in the top of a 110-foot-tall ponderosa pine, the site was supplemented in 1933 by a 101-foot-tall steel tower and a small cabin and outhouse built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was a Depression-era work program. The agency was involved in many projects across the nation, including the construction of fire lookouts throughout the Pacific Northwest and Oregon. This growth allowed the Forest Service in Oregon and Umatilla National Forest to fulfill its goal of fixed-point fire-detection by doubling the coverage of fire lookouts in the forests to pinpoint fire locations more precisely. The Hoodoo Ridge Lookout is one of the very few intact examples of its type that remain.
 
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Olallie Meadows Guard Station, Marion County, Estacada vcty, Listed May 26, 2015

The small rustic single-pen Olallie Meadows Guard Station was hastily and inexpensively constructed in 1910 by Forest Service staff to house forest rangers that patrolled the Olallie Lakes Scenic Area and Mount Jefferson. Field rangers carried out a number of duties from their posts, including managing small timber sales, monitoring the range, fighting fires, and building roads and trails. The cabin’s simple design, peeled-log construction, and use of site-sourced materials is typical of buildings constructed during this period by Forest Service rangers, and reflect the limited budgets provided for constructing buildings. Once common throughout the National Forests, these simple cabins are now relatively rare and reflect a distinct period in the development of the agency and the management of our nation’s forest lands. The Guard Station remained in use until 1932, when it was replaced by the newly-constructed Olallie Lake Guard Station, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Julius & Sarah McCoin Homestead & Orchard Site, Jefferson County,

Listed May 26, 2015

Julian McCoin claimed his 160-acre homestead in 1886 on a site with two natural springs. Through its half century of operation, the family established a substantial orchard. Its primary business, however,  was raising sheep and high-quality horses. Julius is known to have provided stallions for stud service in the area. One favorite was a tall, jet black stallion named “Brilliant,” who stood 18 hands. Over many years the McCoins amassed large tracks of ranch and farm land, eventually  totaling 3,800 acres, including several lots within the former Lamonta town site. To provide additional income, Julius worked as a professional freighter, hauling goods from Prineville to The Dalles in a Studebaker wagon, as well as plowing roads in the winter. More than 700 homestead claims were filed in Jefferson County before inconsistent precipitation, collapsing farm prices, the cumulative effects of environmental degradation, and indebtedness brought about the collapse of most of the homesteads. In response, the Resettlement Administration, a Depression-era federal relief agency, purchased uneconomic farms, retired them from intensive cultivation, and relocated families, mostly voluntarily, but also by force. By 1934, fewer than 50 of the 700 original homestead applicants remained in Jefferson County. The McCoin farmstead was purchased and razed by the Resettlement Administration in 1936. The site now represents an important chapter in Central Oregon’s history and a window into the lives of these early settlers.

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Enoch & Mary Cyrus Homestead & Orchard Site, Jefferson County, 

Listed May 26, 2015                              

Homesteading in 1883, over a half century of development the Cyrus family took raw sagebrush steppe and converted it through labor, investment, and innovation into a productive, diversified farm. The Cyrus family was tight-knit and industrious, and they became a leading family in the region, contributing broadly to the development of the local community. Enoch Cyrus, a leader of several community organizations, was one of the first farmers to grow winter wheat in eastern Oregon in the late-nineteenth century and to mechanize farming. A prized variety of winter wheat (‘Cyrus Wheat’) is named after the family. The majority of wheat grown in Oregon today is winter wheat. More than 700 homestead claims were filed in Jefferson County before inconsistent precipitation, collapsing farm prices, the cumulative effects of environmental degradation, and indebtedness brought about the collapse of most of the homesteads. In response, the Resettlement Administration, a Depression-era federal relief agency, purchased uneconomic farms, retired them from intensive cultivation, and relocated families, mostly voluntarily, but also by force. By 1934, fewer than 50 of the 700 original homestead applicants remained in Jefferson County. The Cyrus farmstead was purchased and razed by the Resettlement Administration in 1935. The site now represents an important chapter in Central Oregon’s history and a window into the lives of these early settlers.

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US Army Fort Umpqua (35-DO-990), Douglas County, Listed May 26, 2015
U.S. Army Fort Umpqua was established in 1856 as part of a three-fort system (including Fort Hoskins and Fort Yamhill) to implement treaties with Oregon tribes. At its height in 1859, Fort Umpqua was comprised of 13 buildings including four officers’ houses, a barracks, blockhouse, hospital, guard house, two laundress buildings, a bakery, barn, and sutler store. None of the buildings remain today.
When the Civil War began in 1861, most of its troops returned east but a contingent remained to provide an overall sense of military security to the region. Fort Umpqua was closed in late 1862. While serving at the fort in 1856, Brigadier General John J. Milhau set up one of the earliest weather recording stations on the Oregon coast, collected specimens of flora and fauna for the Smithsonian Institution, and wrote several reports about the language and culture of the Coos and Lower Umpqua Indians.  Colonel Edward P. Vollum also sent many boxes of plant and wildlife specimens to the Smithsonian and was one of the earliest amateur photographers on the West Coast. The archaeological site is important for its association with the U.S. Army and its mission on the Oregon Coast and the site’s potential to answer important questions regarding the life of soldiers stationed there. The 37-acre site is located on the Siuslaw National Forest in Douglas County.

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      Portions of this file have been redacted to meet Oregon State law (ORS 192.501(11)). 

      More information may be available upon request.  Contact the Oregon State Archaeologist

      at 503-986-0674 for more details.

 

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Albany Hebrew Cemetery, Linn County, Albany, Listed May 18, 2015

The 1878 Albany Hebrew Cemetery, now known as the Waverly Jewish Cemetery, is located northeast of downtown Albany, Oregon, and occupies approximately two acres within the larger Waverly Memorial Park Masonic cemetery. When founded, it was the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and San Francisco. The earliest grave within the cemetery is dated 1877, and belongs to the daughter of the Isaac and Bertha Senders, an early merchant family in Albany. By the 1880s, Albany had the largest Jewish population in Oregon outside Portland. The town hosted 15 Jewish families, a cemetery, a benevolent society, and a B’nai Brith lodge in 1888. By 1924, however, the congregation recognized that their numbers were declining and came to an agreement with the Masons to take over and care for the cemetery. The Waverly Jewish Cemetery remains an active burial ground today, the only Jewish cemetery between Portland and Eugene. 

 

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William J. & Sarah Wagner Lippincott House, Josephine County, Williams,              Listed May 18, 2015
The William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House is a Modern-style, single family house designed by architect Winifred Scott Wellington, a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley. Located outside Williams, Oregon, it was completed in 1951. The Lippincotts, who were both archaeologists, re-located to Oregon from the Southwest, where they had run a trading post and championed the arts of the Navajo Indians. When they purchased the property in 1948, it consisted of an 800-acre ranch. They hired Wellington, who had designed an addition to Wide Ruins, their trading post, and who also had a strong interest in regional architecture.  He utilized Northwest woods and Arizona stone in the design of the house. The residence is considered one of the finest examples of post-World War II Contemporary or Modern style architectural design in southern Oregon and a rare example in Josephine County. The Lippincotts returned to the Southwest in the early 1950s and the property was purchased by Edwin N. and Bonnie Lippert, who continued ranching operations. The property was owned by Steve Miller of the Steve Miller band from 1976 to 1986, who built a recording studio there. Today the 400+ acre property is owned by Pacifica: A Garden in the Siskiyous, a non-profit foundation that operates the property as a nature center, botanic garden, school and community center.
 
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David & Marianne Ott House, Multnomah County, Gresham, Listed April 20, 2015
The David and Marianne Ott House, constructed in 1952, is one of famed Pacific Northwest architect John W. Storrs’ earliest residences in the Northwest Regional style. Storrs, who practiced in Oregon from 1949 through the late 1970s, moved to Portland after finishing graduate studies in architecture at Yale University. He soon set up his own practice, primarily designing residences. Storrs knew Marianne Ott’s parents, Walter H. and Florence Holmes Gerke, who were prominent landscape architects in the Portland area, both socially and professionally. The Gerkes introduced Storrs to the Otts, and they hired him to design their house. Storrs became known throughout western Oregon for his interpretation of the Northwest Regional style expressed in everything from residences to large scale resorts. He is perhaps best known today for his later work, which includes the Portland Garden Club; Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach, Oregon; and the Western Forestry Center in Portland’s Washington Park. The Ott House is one of Storrs early houses and one of the few from this era that retains its historic character. It is his only known house to have been designed in a semi-rural location. The Otts bought the property because of the land associated with it, which was in agriculture. It retains this semi-rural ambience today, and the land is still used for agriculture. Marianne Ott still lives in the house.

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