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.
|Petersen Rock Garden, Deschutes County, Redmond, Listed October 30, 2013
Petersen Rock Garden was designed and constructed by Danish immigrant Rasmus Christian Petersen from about the time he retired from farming, in the winter of 1935-36 until his death in 1952. Located in rural Deschutes County between the cities of Redmond and Bend, Petersen Rock Garden was open to the public from the beginning, with only a suggested donation. The year of his death a reported 200,000 people visited the popular site.
Petersen constructed the garden features from volcanic and river rock and semi-precious stones that he collected from around the region and the country, which he assembled into sculptures and vignettes that expressed his personal visions and views, such as his Statue of Liberty, as well as fanciful buildings and narratives. He also built a museum on the site to showcase the more interesting stones in his collection, including his collection of fluorescent minerals. Petersen developed the rock garden on his original homestead, which he settled in 1906. Today the property is about twelve acres in size, with the gardens occupying approximately four acres, which also include ponds and other water features, Petersen’s own Craftsman bungalow, his workshop where he constructed the features, the museum, a restaurant from the 1950s, and landscape features. Today Petersen Rock Garden is owned and operated by a descendent of the family, and is still open to the public.
|North Palestine Baptist Church, Benton Co., Adair Village, Listed September 30, 2013|
The ca. 1883 North Palestine Baptist Church was constructed by the North Palestine Baptist congregation, and served as their church until the mid-1930s. The building was later used as a community gathering place for organizations such as the Willing Workers, organized in 1916 by the farm women from the surrounding areas. The group provided a welcome support system for women and families who were living in a relatively isolated rural setting. The Palestine Baptist Church is recognized as an intact example of rural vernacular ecclesiastical architecture, effectively blending characteristics of the Gothic Revival and Classical Revival in a modest building. Although the North Palestine Church was built a generation after the earliest church buildings appeared in Oregon, its construction method, detailing, and overall character is similar to earlier settlement-era buildings.
|Enterprise Public Library, Wallowa County, Enterprise, Listed September 30, 2013|
Completed in 1914, the Enterprise Public Library is recognized as an important community institution that represents the City’s commitment to continuing public education and as a representative example of a Carnegie Library. The Library was constructed with a $5,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation, founded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie financially supported the construction of hundreds of free libraries across the country between 1886 and 1917 because he believed that free public libraries played an important role in social betterment of the people they served. In exchange for the grant, the City of Enterprise committed to providing a building site, $500 for the annual operating budget, and to follow the Carnegie Corporation’s construction guidelines. The Enterprise Public Library includes many of the characteristics of Carnegie-funded libraries, including Classical Revival styling and brick construction. Also typical of Carnegie Libraries is the location of the reading room on the main floor with windows set above the open book shelves, a centrally located circulation desk, and public meeting space in the basement.
|Harry A. & Ada Green House, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed September 30, 2013|
The Harry A. and Ada Green House was designed by master architect Herman Brookman in 1928 for Portland furniture magnate Harry Green, second president of Doernbecher Furniture Manufacturing Co. The Green House is recognized as a premier example of Brookman’s work and one of the best expressions of the Spanish Eclectic Style in the state, exhibiting Brookman's characteristic exploration of architectural style, design ingenuity, personalization of details, and his commitment to fine craftsmanship. The 10,061 square-foot house sits on an estate encompassing three city lots abutting Laurelhurst Park. The design included all the latest modern conveniences and the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and every detail was carefully designed by Brookman – from the overall sprawling form and irregular massing of the building to the highly crafted interiors and detailed site design. Specialty craftsmen, such as master artist Iohan Konrad Tuerck, were commissioned to create the elaborate wrought-iron work, wood carvings, stone and plaster castings, and light fixtures throughout the building. Unique to this particular residence are the exotic revival details, including imported African faience tiles, Egyptian shell, leaf, and flower motifs, and Moorish patterns and forms.
|Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Marion County, Salem, Listed September 11, 2013|
The cemetery, established in 1854 by Chemeketa Lodge No. 1, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is among the very oldest fraternal society burial grounds in Oregon. Located on South Commercial Street, the historical alignment of the territorial road, the cemetery rises upslope toward the west, to a point overlooking the Willamette Valley to the east. By 1890 the cemetery had been enlarged to its current size of 17.05 acres, representing the city’s only example of a cemetery in the Rural Cemetery tradition. It is known as the final resting place of Samuel R. Thurston, Oregon’s first delegate to the Congress of the United States, and as the burial ground of many other significant figures in early Oregon government and the founding of the capital city’s educational, social and commercial institutions. The Salem Pioneer Cemetery Association, organized in 1949, changed the cemetery’s name before disbanding in 1954. Today the cemetery is under the on-going stewardship of the City of Salem and the Friends of Pioneer Cemetery. It remains an active burial ground for the descendants of original plot owners.
|Lamson Ranch, Yamhill County, ADDRESS RESTRICTED, Listed July 9, 2013|
Jeremiah and Helen Hawks Lamson arrived in present-day Yamhill County Willamette in late summer 1848 and were among the area’s earliest settlers. The Lamson family established their claim in the (CITY REDACTED) area and built a cabin, and later a house and barn, among other buildings over several years. Quickly becoming locally influential, the Lamson’s developed a successful ranching operation and participated in local and Territorial Government. The family was also peripherally associated with the establishment and maintenance of nearby Fort Yamhill and had business dealings with the Grand Ronde Agency. The remaining ranch buildings, specifically the house and barn, are now-rare examples of their respective types. The circa-1850 barn is an extremely rare surviving example from the settlement-era, which at the time of its construction was one of the largest barns in the Willamette Valley. The 1880-1883 Gothic Revival residence, the third dwelling on the property, is a virtually intact example of the rural Oregon interpretation of that style, retaining many exterior and interior features from the period of its construction.
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|Oak Hills Historic District, Washington County, Beaverton, Listed July 10, 2013|
The Oak Hills Historic District in Beaverton, an early experiment of the late 1960s in planned communities in Oregon, set precedents for implementing self-governance in suburban developments through homeowner associations, progressive master planning, and flexible land use codes and regulations in Washington County. Composed of nearly 650 single family and townhouse properties, Oak Hills is a mix of mid-century modern homes, open and recreational space, with trails and pedestrian paths throughout, extensive landscaping, and a widely-used cluster of community buildings. It epitomizes the best in post-war development, emphasizing varying residential densities, mixed uses, the incorporation of open space, and land conservation. The district is the first mid-century modern historic district listed in Oregon and is one of youngest post-war mid-century modern residential districts listed in the National Register.
|Joseph Henry Moser Barn, Marion County, Silverton, Listed June 14, 2013|
Already a successful farmer, Joseph Henry Moser moved to the quickly growing town of Silverton and opened a blacksmith shop in 1885, and later a livery. Often located in urban areas, liveries provided a vital service before the advent of the automobile by boarding horses and renting wagons, carriages, and other vehicles. Built in 1910, just north of Moser’s home, the Moser Barn served as a secondary stable to store wagons, animals, and supplies not immediately needed at the downtown livery. Of German descent himself, Moser constructed a wood-framed three-story bank barn, a traditional German design that allowed for access on multiple levels by constructing the building on a slope. The multi-story design allowed feed to be easily unloaded by wagon at the top floor and dropped to the floors below. The lower level housed livestock. Constructed with efficiency and cost-effectiveness in mind, inexpensive pre-sawn lumber was used to create a “light” frame that maximized interior open space, in contrast to agricultural barns constructed of heavy posts and beams. By 1914 automobiles became the preferred method of transportation, and shortly thereafter the family business shifted to moving buildings, a task still largely accomplished by draft animals. The Moser Barn is the last remaining urban barn within Silverton’s city limits.
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|Peter & Bertha Soderberg House, Marion County, Silverton, Listed June 14, 2013|
The 1921 Soderberg House is a representative example of a side-gabled Craftsman bungalow in Silverton, a popular architectural style throughout the country in the first part of the twentieth century. Originally from Sweden, Peter Soderberg and his wife Bertha moved with their families to the Unites States in the late 19th century, and were married in 1882. The couple farmed first in Nebraska, and later purchased the Silverton property in 1920. The bungalow has its origins in the English Arts and Crafts movement, and was made popular in America, in part, by the designs of brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene in Southern California. These designs, among many others, quickly spread throughout the country through the publication of plans in architectural journals, popular magazines, and plan books making the Craftsman style the dominant style in America until the 1930s. Typical of the Craftsman Bungalow style, the Soderberg House has a rectangular footprint; open, wide eaves with knee braces; full-width front porch under the main roof; broad shed dormer; exposed rafter beams; a short projecting (also called cantilevered) bay; and multi-light wood windows, among other details.
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|Independent School, Benton County, Philomath, Listed May 28, 2013|
The Independent School, originally a one-room school house, is located three miles south of Philomath. It is significant for the role it played in the educational development of members of this rural Benton County community from 1919 to 1952. The land for the school was donated in 1918 by Ernest and Anna Seehafer and the school was constructed in 1919 by Fred H. Seedenburg for then School District No. 19. The one-story, wood-frame building shares characteristics with a Craftsman bungalow residence, including front-facing gables, knee brackets, and a broad front porch. An addition was constructed in the early 1950s, which made the property more usable by the community. The school house continues to play an important role in the community today, serving as the Independent Community Club.
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|Hobson-Gehlen General Merchandise Store, Marion Co., Stayton, Listed May 22, 2013|
The Hobson-Gehlen General Store is the oldest and only remaining wood-frame commercial building in the city of Stayton, and is important for its long association with the commercial development and activities of that community. The building was constructed ca 1885 by William H. Hobson for use as a general merchandise store. It remained in this use under different ownerships until 1924, after which it housed several auto-related uses and served as a welding shop. The two-story, Italianate building now presents a front-gable roof-line to the street, the typical false-front that it previously displayed having been removed following damage from the 1962 Columbus Day storm. In commercial use again today, the building represents the last remnant of the community’s nineteenth century commercial core.
|Fossil Public School, Wheeler County, Fossil, Listed May 22, 2013|
The Fossil Public School was constructed in 1924 and has remained in active use as a school in the city of Fossil ever since. Sited on a small rise overlooking the city, the two-story Classical Revival building occupies a place of prominence in the town, on a site that has been the location of the Fossil school since the land was donated for that purpose in 1882. Designed by the Portland firm of DeYoung and Roald Architects, the Fossil Public School was the only school in Fossil until a new high school was constructed in 1949. The school is significant for the role it has played in the educational development of this rural community’s citizens since its construction. The gymnasium associated with the school, which was constructed with Works Progress Administration funds in 1936, has long hosted community events and also contributes to this historic property.