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 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.
|Waverley Country Club Clubhouse, Multnomah Co., Portland, Listed March 27, 2013 |
Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Whitehouse & Fouilhoux in 1913, the Waverley Country-Club Clubhouse is an excellent and largely intact example of a country-club clubhouse, embodying the distinctive characteristics of this building type. Located in unincorporated Clackamas County, it is also the earliest extant example of a country-club clubhouse within the Portland metropolitan area and Clackamas County. The Whitehouse firm, which was also responsible for the 1930 addition to the building, designed many of the most important buildings in Portland and the state in the first half of the century. Forty-six of Morris Whitehouse’s buildings are noted in the State’s historic sites inventory and fifteen within the Portland metropolitan area are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including the Temple Beth Israel, Sixth Church of Christ Scientist, Federal Courthouse, Lincoln and Jefferson high schools, Multnomah Athletic Club and Multnomah Stadium, University Club, and Waverley Country-Club. Despite a prolific and highly regarded career, only two of Whitehouse’s buildings have been identified to date in Clackamas County: The first is the Waverley Country-Club; the second is the c. 1930 Elizabeth Clark House in Oregon City. The Waverley Country-Club Clubhouse, which exhibits a high degree of integrity, is considered an outstanding example of Whitehouse & Fouilhoux’s work.
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|Irish Bend Covered Bridge, Benton Co., Corvallis, Listed March 27, 2013 |
Based on standard bridge plans developed by the Oregon State Highway Department in the 1920s, Benton County constructed the Irish Bend Covered Bridge in 1954. The bridge is a 60-foot-long Howe truss with board-and-batten, painted wood siding, wood decking, and a cedar-shingle gable roof. Benton County originally built the bridge over the Willamette Slough on Irish Bend Road, in rural Benton County, approximately seven (7) miles northeast of Monroe, Oregon. Construction of a newer span and culverts in 1975 caused the bridge to be bypassed and it was subsequently dismantled by Benton County in 1988. The Irish Bend Covered Bridge was reassembled in 1989 by volunteers, including off-duty Benton County employees, OSU students and staff, and Covered Bridge Society of Oregon members as part of a community-wide preservation effort. It now carries the Campus Way bike path over Oak Creek, near the agricultural test barns of Oregon State University. The bridge currently sits in a pastoral location surrounded by farm fields, very similar to the bridge’s original setting.
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|Bennes, John, Virginius, House, Multnomah Co., Portland, Listed March 27, 2013 |
The John & Virginius Bennes House in Portland, Oregon was built in 1911 as the home of Oregon architect John Virginius Bennes, who has been credited with introducing the Prairie School style of architecture to Oregon. Bennes is also highly regarded for the design of nearly 50 buildings and complexes within the Oregon State University National Register District. The first house constructed in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, the home is located within the larger Washington Park area. It is a remarkable example of the Prairie School style of architecture with Mediterranean influences, reflecting changes made by Bennes himself over the 30 plus years he resided in the house. The house embodies the Prairie Style through its strong horizontal lines, stucco finish, low-pitched hip roof, and open floor plan, and displays Bennes’ own touches with its ornate frieze under the eaves, distinctive entry, and decorative sun room. Bennes, who lived in the house until his death in 1943, designed over 50 buildings throughout the state of Oregon that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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|Deedon, Ed & Genevieve, Homestead, Deschutes Co., La Pine, Listed March 6, 2013 |
As an early settler of the La Pine area, Ed Deedon became one of the many individuals who claimed his 160 acres in 1914 under the amended Homestead Act. Unlike others taking advantage of the law, Deedon realized that the land could not support a profitable farm, and instead used the parcel as a summer retreat, fall hunting lodge and gathering place for his large extended family. Deedon worked and lived in Portland while proving the claim, but still meet the requirements of the Homestead Act, including living on the claim for seven months of each year, cultivating the land for three years and constructing permanent buildings. In 1914 Deedon constructed a well, two log cabins and an outhouse using available materials – logs, poles, rough-sawn lumber, hand-split shakes and a combination of salvaged and hand-constructed doors and windows. Deedon received title to the land in 1918. Notably, the Deedon family’s continued use of the parcel for the past 98 years as a seasonal home ensured the preservation of this representative and intact early-twentieth century homestead, the only known resource of its type in southern Deschutes County.
|Halprin Open Space Sequence, Multnomah Co., Portland, Listed March 6, 2013 |
The Halprin Open Space Sequence in
Portland’s South Auditorium District is Oregon’s latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places. While the three parks, which are joined by pedestrian walkways, do not meet the 50-year guideline for listing in the National Register, they are being recognized for the seminal role they played in the career of re-nowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, and in the redevelopment of the South Auditorium urban renewal district.
The series of parks, plazas and fountains, which was critical to the success of Portland’s first urban renewal district, was constructed between 1966 and 1970. Known individually as Keller Fountain, Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain, and the Source Fountain, the public plazas are located between SW Clay and Lincoln Streets and First and Fourth Avenues. They were an immediate hit. “Portland is well-known for the 1970s and 1980s transformation of its downtown with great public spaces like Waterfront Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square,” said Randy Gragg, president of the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, the initiators of the nomination. “But it was Halprin’s fountain plazas of the 1960s that first made downtown safe for fun.”
They, were also a critical success. The late New York architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable declared that the open space sequence ‘may be one of the most important urban spaces since the renaissance.’ Described as an “unprecedented sculptural wedding of public space, water, and reference to the natural landscape” by the nomination proponents, they embodied Halprin’s ideas about nature, movement, and social interaction and influenced a generation of designers.
Additional important urban projects for which Halprin is known include the Century 21 World’s Fair site in Seattle; Sproul Plaza at the University of California-Berkeley; Ghirardelli Square and Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco; Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis; Heritage Park Plaza in Fort Worth, Texas; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and the Walter and Elise Haas Promenade in Jerusalem. The Halprin Open Space Sequence remains, however, significant in Halprin’s body of work as it represents a time when his design vocabulary and national reputation solidified, particularly his skills in using water and choreographing movement to transform urban environments.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the parks’ nomination in October 2012. Of the 88,000+ listings in the National Register of Historic Places, some 2,300 are less than 50 years of age, of which slightly more than 200 have significance in landscape architecture. Out of over 5,000 historic properties in Portland that are listed in the National Register, the Halprin Open Space Sequence is one of a half dozen parks and plazas, and one of only three designed in the modern era.
|Ek, Magnus and Emma, House, Marion Co., Silverton, Listed February 20, 2013 |
The prominent two-and-a-half story residence was built by Magnus Ek, and is recognized as a local example of the Queen Anne style. A Swedish immigrant, Ek began his career as a carpenter, cabinet maker, and millwright when he was 15, and immigrated to the United States in 1882 to pursue his ambitions. In 1885 Ek traveled to the West Coast, setting up a steam-powered sawmill near Silverton, Oregon during a period of economic prosperity in town spurred by the booming timber industry. He married his business partner’s daughter, Emma Johnson, in 1890, and that same year the couple constructed their home. Prominently located on a road leading into town, the home was a showpiece of Ek’s professional skills and the products available at his near-by mill. Characteristic of the Queen Ann style, the building features varied siding, including fish-scale shingle, wood board, and vertical and horizontal bands; two-story bay window; decorative spindle work; grand wrap-around porch (added later), and a richly decorated interior. Recognizing the quality of the Ek House, it was one of three houses featured in the 1890 “Home Seekers’ Guide,” a publication intended to draw potential residents and businesses to Silverton. In 1901 the Ek family moved to Corvallis to pursue other business interests.
|Roseburg Veterans Hospital, Douglas Co., Roseburg, Listed January 29, 2013 |
The Roseburg Veterans Administration Hospital, known as the Roseburg Campus of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System, opened in 1933. The facility was the third and largest hospital constructed to serve veterans in Roseburg, but the only campus constructed by the VA. Led by the American Legion and Chamber of Commerce, residents successfully lobbied the US Government to locate a hospital just north of the 1912 Oregon State Old Soldier’s Home. Designed as a general medical hospital and later redesigned as a neuropsychiatric facility, the residential campus offered quality care to thousands of Oregon and northern California veterans of both World Wars. Treatment focused on occupational therapy, including agricultural activities such as raising animals and vegetables for use by the hospital kitchen. One of three hospitals of this type in the nation, the twenty-four historic buildings and structures are constructed in the Classical Revival Style, meant to convey the dignity of national service, and are arranged around a central flag pole and parade ground.
|Wallowa County Chieftain Bldg, Wallowa Co., Enterprise, Listed November 21, 2012 |
Throughout its history, the Wallowa County Chieftain was a profoundly important and influential source of news and opinion in Enterprise and rural Wallowa County. In 1911, George Cheney purchased the paper and became the owner, editor, and publisher, and constructed the current Wallowa County Chieftain Building in 1915. A strong community booster, for the next twenty-six years Cheney reported and commented on many locally important events including the 1917 fuel shortage, 1918 smallpox epidemic, and the Great Depression. With WWII looming, Cheney sold the paper to Gwen Coffin. Under Coffin’s leadership the paper often reported on controversial issues, offering the community a platform for debate and discussion. His thorough reporting and commentary on legalized gambling in Wallowa County attracted the attention of state regulators who ended the practice. Sharply criticized for publicizing the issue, Coffin remained unapologetic for this and his many other positions through his tenure ending in 1972.
|Willamette River Bridges, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed November 14, 2012 |
The Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges, located on a 1.5 mile stretch of the Willamette River, are among ten highway bridges spanning the river within the City of Portland. Collectively, they represent more than a century of investment in transportation and are connected with important aspects of local economic development and politics in the region, as well as technological innovations that placed the four nominated bridges at the forefront of engineering design in their day. All the nominated bridges are owned and maintained by Multnomah County. Each structure is individually listed under the auspices of a Multiple Property Document (MPD), which describes the history of Portland and its bridges and provides a mechanism whereby additional bridges may be more easily nominated to the National Register in the future.