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Properties Recently Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

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 Collis at (503) 986-0690 or Tracy.Collis@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.

  

Roy E. & Hildur L. Amundsen House, Multnomah County, Gresham, Listed July 15, 2019
The Amundsen House was designed by Harold Amundsen for his parents, Roy E. and Hildur Amundsen, when he was a student at the University of Oregon. Built in 1961, the Amundsen House is locally significant for its architecture as an excellent, intact example of a Wrightian-styled, architect-designed residence in Gresham’s Northwest Neighborhood. The house displays many distinctive characteristics of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian designs in its small size, slab-on-grade foundation with radiant floor heat, horizontal emphasis, natural ornamentation, use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, central hearth, and minimal ornamentation. The Amundsen House has had only three owners since its design and construction. The house has retained its original materials and it has not been adversely altered from its original design. Necessary repairs have been sensitive to the house’s design, and the largest alteration to the building was the addition of a slight pitch to the roofline, which is not visible from the right of way. The Roy E. and Hildur L. Amundsen House is an excellent example of the type and is remarkably intact and unaltered.

--> Download the Roy E. and Hildur L. Amundsen House nomination [pdf]

--> View the record in the Historic Sites Databse [link]
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Kiernan House, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed March 18, 2019
The Kiernan House was nominated as a rare survivor of Portland’s Pioneer past and is one of only three Italianate single-family houses built before 1870 that remain in Portland. When the house was built on the southwestern edge of Portland, the area was relatively rural and surrounded by the wooded hillsides to the south and west. As the downtown grew, that area became home to many of the city’s working class and the homes constructed around the Kiernan House were single and multi-family houses large and small. The Kiernan House was also nominated for its architectural significance as a representation of Italian Villa architecture. The house is a one-story building with flush tongue-and-groove board siding, segmental-arched windows, and porch and eave details. The earliest image of this house comes from an 1879 map of Portland that shows a similar representation of the current house now. Located in the Terwilliger Heights neighborhood in southwest Portland, the circa 1865 Kiernan House was moved from downtown Portland to its present location in 1964. The house was in the path of the “new” Stadium Freeway (I-405) construction and so it was slated for demolition.  For $350, James and Ruth Powers purchased the building and found a location to move the building, which is where the building remains. At the time, the location James and Ruth Powers found was a site used by the city to dump dirt while digging a nearby reservoir.

  

--> Download the Kiernan House nomination [pdf]

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Laurelhurst Historic District, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed March 18, 2019
The Laurelhurst Historic District encompasses approximately 392 acres and is generally bounded on the north by NE Multnomah and NE Senate streets; the east by NE 44th Avenue and SE 44th Avenue; on the south by SE Stark Street; and on the west by SE 32nd Avenue and NE 33rd Avenue. The Laurelhurst Historic District is significant as Portland's only residential subdivision that captures the planning principles of the “City Beautiful” era and is notable for its examples of early 20th century American domestic architecture. The architecture in Laurelhurst includes styles such as Minimal Traditional cottages, WWII-era cottages, and early Ranch designs of the 1930s and 1940s. The “City Beautiful” era was an American planning movement during the 1890s and 1920s that emerged from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The movement attempted to design places that visually encouraged civic pride and engagement in the urban landscape through architecture. Advocates hoped that the design of beautiful places could increase the quality of life.
Laurelhurst also represents an example of a cohesive development by Paul C. Murphy, a notable “community builder” who designed, installed infrastructure and amenities, and determined the main stylistic character of a development.

 

 

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Central Oregon Canal Historic District - Ward Road to Gosney Road Segment, Deschutes County, Unincorporated, Listed March 18, 2019
The Central Oregon Canal Historic District represents a portion of the Central Oregon Canal, which, along with the Pilot Butte Canal, forms the backbone of the Central Oregon Project, which provided irrigation to tens of thousands of acres of arid and semi-arid lands, transforming the desert into highly-productive agricultural land. Construction on the Central Oregon Canal began in 1904, reached the now-listed segment in 1905, and was completed to near the Crooked River in late 1911. The Central Oregon Canal Historic District comprises approximately 3.4 miles of the 47-mile long Central Oregon Canal, bounded by Ward Road on the west and Gosney Road on the east.
In addition to its significance to the history of agriculture in Oregon, the Central Oregon Canal Historic District is also historically significant for its demonstration of the extreme and varied efforts required to overcome the challenging volcanic terrain within a short period of time to satisfy contract obligations and successfully deliver irrigation to the lands beyond it, making possible the settlement and development of areas downstream.
 
--> Download the Central Oregon Canal Historic District nomination [pdf]
 
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Daniel C. & Katie A. McDonald House, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed March 6, 2019
The Daniel C. and Katie A. McDonald House is a locally-notable example of a builder-designed Queen Anne-style house with unique architectural features. Daniel McDonald was a carpenter and homebuilder in Portland who constructed the home in two phases beginning in 1893. The extensive applied decoration of the Queen Anne style allowed for this eclectic approach to home improvement. The McDonald House exhibits characteristic elements from both the earlier and later periods of the Queen Anne style that reflect the two building phases, approximately ten years apart.
The McDonalds’ increased economic status after the turn-of-the-century provided the family the opportunity to expand and update their home after its original construction, including new embellishments and interior spaces that reflected their success.  While it was commonplace for homebuilders to use pattern books for residential construction in middle-class neighborhoods during this time, the McDonald House is not a stock design. Instead, it strongly reflects the adaptability of stock plans, and how the increasing availability of building components and decorative millwork through local building suppliers could be used to create unique homes.

 

--> Download the Daniel C. and Katie A. McDonald House nomination [pdf]

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Charles O. & Carie C. Blakely House, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed March 6, 2019

The Blakely House is locally notable as a distinctive and well-preserved example of Queen Anne architecture in an unusual “butterfly” arrangement, featuring a centered entrance with two symmetrical wings on either side that project toward each street on this corner home. The design is well-suited for corner lots, presenting a “front” to both streets. Decorative Stick style elements include vertical and horizontal trim boards and decorative panels surrounding the windows and doors. The Blakely house was built c. 1893 and is a notable example of the architecture of Portland’s growing streetcar suburbs in the 1890s. The property is named for its first residents, Charles O. and Carrie C. Blakely, who raised their family at the house between 1893 and 1909.


--> Download the Charles O. and Carie C. Blakely House nomination [pdf]

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Charles O. Sigglin Flats, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed March 7, 2019
Designed by architect Emil Schacht and built for real estate investor Charles O. Sigglin in 1908, the Sigglin Flats is notable as one of the best examples of the fourplex building type in the Craftsman Style in the Buckman neighborhood area. Schacht is one of the most influential local architects whose designs introduced Portland to the emerging Craftsman style. The Sigglin Flats shows Schacht’s ability to add Shingle and Colonial Revival style elements to the Craftsman building, and his use of his own signature design elements that makes his buildings unique and identifiable. Smaller than traditional apartment buildings, the duplex and fourplex types were designed to blend in with their neighboring single-family residences. Population growth and streetcar development spurred the growth of residential neighborhoods in the area, prompting landlords and developers to invest in revenue-generating multi-family buildings like the Sigglin Flats.  


--> Download the Charles O. Sigglin Flats nomination [pdf]

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Governor Earl W. Snell Aircraft Crash site, Lake County, Lakeview, Listed October 18, 2018
The Governor Earl W. Snell Aircraft Crash Site is the site of the 1947 airplane crash that killed Oregon Governor Earl W. Snell and his party, including the Secretary of State, Robert Farrell, and the President of the Oregon Senate, Marshall Cornett, as well as the pilot, Cliff Hogue. The site is located at an elevation of approximately 5,900 feet above sea level on the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
Nominated for its statewide level of significance, the crash resulted in the loss of three of the highest-ranking members of Oregon’s state government and left Oregon without key leadership positions in the capital. As a direct result, state laws were enacted after the crash to restrict the number of officials travelling in the same airplane. Earl Wilcox Snell was a popular and ambitious politician, elected Oregon’s Governor in 1942 and subsequently re-elected in 1946.

--> Download the Governor Earl W. Snell Aircraft Crash Site nomination [pdf]

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Santiam Pass Ski Lodge, Linn County, Sisters, Listed October 18, 2018

The Santiam Pass Ski Lodge is representative of an important period of development that shaped public lands to facilitate access and usage for outdoor recreation for the general public. The lodge was constructed between July 1939 and February 1940 and was the result of collaborative efforts by the USDA Forest Service with Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor.  Located on the Santiam Pass on Highway 20 in the McKenzie River Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest, the Santiam Lodge was instrumental in creating a place for citizens to sleep and get meals in the mountains at a reasonable cost while they participated in winter sports activities around the area. It was operated in the capacity of winter ski lodge from 1939 until 1958.  This property is one of the few remaining extant Rustic ski lodge facilities built by the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest during the intensive building program between 1939 and 1941. The Santiam Lodge building was built in the Rustic style, an architectural style known for embracing a philosophy that is cohesive with the surrounding environment by using materials derived from local sources with a simple or natural finish.


--> Download the Santiam Pass Ski Lodge nomination [pdf]

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Cameo Theatre, Yamhill County, Newberg, Listed October 22, 2018
The Cameo Theatre represents Newberg’s association with the Golden Age of Hollywood and is the city’s first theatre built with a sound system for talking pictures. Since construction in 1937, the theatre has been an important role as a primary form of entertainment in Newberg’s community. The property is also significant for its Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architectural features.  The Golden Age of Hollywood is defined by a shift in theatre construction and design, transitioning from elaborate movie “palaces” situated in large cities to more modest designs applied to talking picture single-screen cinemas in smaller towns and communities. The Cameo Theatre’s Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style is representative of theatre design commonly applied during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the building is the only Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style building in the city of Newberg.  The Cameo Theater is located in downtown Newberg, an Oregon Main Street Network community. Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage.

 
--> Download the Cameo Theatre nomination [pdf]
 
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Bernard & Emma Goldsmith House, Multnomah County, Portland, Listed October 25, 2018
The Bernard and Emma Goldsmith House was designed by architect Edgar Marks Lazarus and exemplifies the distinctive characteristics of the Shingle Style architecture in Portland. The Goldsmith House, completed in 1892 for businessman and Portland's first Jewish mayor Bernard Goldsmith and his family, is the best example known from the peak of Lazarus's 1890s Shingle Style residences. The Shingle Style is an evolution of the Queen Anne, with reduced ornament and fewer materials. A tamer version of the Queen Anne, the Shingle Style incorporates asymmetrical forms, wide porches, rounded turrets, and strong rooflines.
Emma Goldsmith was a prominent figure in the Jewish community in Portland, Oregon. She was a member of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, established in May 1875. Although a society for women, it was initially presided by men. That was until 1880, when Emma Goldsmith became the first female president. Bernard Goldsmith was a Jewish immigrant from Weddenburg, Germany, arriving in New York City in 1848. Trained at his family's jewelry store in New York, Goldsmith took his entrepreneurial spirit and interest in jewelry out west during the Gold Rush in the 1850s. He created a jewelry company and opened general stores between California and Oregon, eventually settling in Portland in 1861. Edgar Lazarus began practicing in the state of Oregon in 1890 as a residential architect. His earliest domestic work is recognized for bringing the Shingle Style to Portland. Lazarus later evolved into a civic architect, his work influenced by the Arts & Crafts, Richardsonian, and Jugendstil styles, and arguably his most famous commission was the Vista House on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

 

--> Download the Bernard & Emma Goldsmith House nomination [pdf]

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