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Spring Valley School Listed in National Register of Historic Places

May 4, 2018

The Spring Valley School in Zena is one of Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1907, the Spring Valley School is a rectangular, one-story building of wood frame construction that is located at the foot of the Eola Hills, approximately 9 miles northwest of Salem, Oregon. One-room school houses were often one of the first public buildings constructed in pioneer settlements. They were treasured by the local residents not only for their educational value but many times also for providing a gathering place for the entire community, children and adults. The Spring Valley School/Community Center has served both of these historic needs for over 100 years, from the original source of education beginning in 1907 to 1952 and then as a neighborhood gathering location up to the current time. Very few alterations have occurred since it ceased being used as a school house. The building is still largely a showcase of the original purpose and for the architectural style that was common at the time it was built.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination in October 2017. The Spring Valley School is among the 29 properties in Polk  County that are individually listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left of page).